Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affects the Ballet World

Updated at 21:20pm CET on April 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not discriminatory and it was just a matter of time that those of us in the ballet industry would be affected. From a friend’s message letting me know that her school in Italy is closed, to social media images of professional dancers taking class in masks, to announcements of the cancellation and/or postponement of performances and tours, to learning about regulations regarding seating arrangements in theaters; the past few days have brought with them news about how this pandemic has indeed entered our balletic spaces.


It is unrealistic for me to be able to know of every single ballet organization decision that has been influenced by the coronavirus, but I endeavor to keep this page updated on a regular basis. Thus I am reaching out to you, the intimate and passionate ballet community, to fill out the form below should you have information that can be added to this article.


May scientific research, governmental leadership, and social responsibility guide us through this challenging period of time when we must – more than ever – put humanitarian wellbeing above other divisive ideologies.

Africa       Asia      Europe       North America       Oceania       South America



Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

Malaysia (Penang)

Singapore (Penang)

United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)


Denmark (Copenhagen)

Austria (Vienna)

England (Bromley)

England (High Wycombe)

England (London)

England (Plymouth)

France (Paris)

Germany (Hamburg)

  • Hamburg Ballet
    • Cancelled all performances at the Hamburg State Opera (March 13 – April 30, 2020)

Italy (Milan)

  • La Scala Ballet
    • Cancelled all performances at the Teatro alla Scala (March 13 – April 3, 2020)

Netherlands (Amsterdam)

  • Dutch National Ballet
    • Cancelled all performances at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet (March 26 – June 1, 2020)

Spain (Barcelona)

Spain (Valencia)


Arizona (Avondale)

  • Ballet Arizona
    • Cancelled Dancing Across the Valley (March 21, 2020)
    • Cancelled All Balanchine (May 7-10)
    • Cancelled The Four Seasons (May 19 – June 6)

California (San Francisco)

  • San Francisco Ballet
    • Cancelled A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 6-12, 2020)
    • Cancelled Ballet Accelerator (March 24 – April 4, 2020)
    • Cancelled Present Perspectives (March 26 – April 5, 2020)
    • Cancelled Jewels (April 15-21, 2020)
    • Cancelled Romeo & Juliet (May 1-7, 2020)

Canada (Calgary)

Canada (Edmonton)

Canada (Montreal)

Canada (Ottawa)

Canada (Toronto)

Colorado (Denver)

Florida (Fort Lauderdale)

Florida (Miami)

Florida (Orlando)

  • Orlando Ballet
    • Postponed Made in the USA (March 27-29, 2020)
    • Cancelled Mowgli – The Jungle Book (May 8-10, 2020)

Florida (Sarasota)

  • Sarasota Ballet
    • Cancelled Romeo & Juliet (March 27-28, 2020)
    • Cancelled Beyond Words (April 24-25, 2020)

Florida (West Palm Beach)

Illinois (Chicago)

Massachusetts (Becket)

Massachusetts (Boston)

  • Boston Ballet
    • Rescheduled Carmen (March 12-22, 2020) to August 20–30, 2020
    • Cancelled Swan Lake (May 1-31, 2020)
    • Cancelled Off the Charts (May 8-29, 2020)

Michigan (Detroit)

Nebraska (Lincoln)

New York (New York City)

North Carolina (Charlotte)

North Carolina (Durham)

North Carolina (Raleigh)

  • Carolina Ballet
    • Cancelled A Celebration of Female Choreographers (March 5-22, 2020)
    • Postponed Macbeth (April 16-19, 2020) until 2020-2021 season
    • Postponed Cinderella (May 14-17, 2020) until 2020-2021 season

Ohio (Cincinnatti)

  • Cincinnatti Ballet
    • Rescheduled Director’s Cut (March 19-21, 2020) to April 30 – May 2, 2020
    • Cancelled Snow White (March 28 – April 5, 2020)

Ohio (Columbus)

  • BalletMet
    • Cancelled CARMEN.maquia (April 3-11, 2020)

Oklahoma (Tulsa)

  • Tulsa Ballet
    • Rescheduled Vendetta, A Mafia Story (March 26-29, 2020) to October 29 – November 1, 2020
    • Postponed Peter and the Wolf (April 3, 2020)

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

  • Pennsylvania Ballet
    • Cancelled La Bayadère (March 12-15, 2020)
    • Rescheduled Suspended in Time (April 2-5, 2020) to January 29 – February 7, 2021
    • Rescheduled some of Breathtaking Balanchine (May 7-10, 2020) to March 11-14, 2021

Pennsylvania (University Park)

South Carolina (Greenville)

South Dakota (Sioux Falls)

Texas (Houston)

  • Houston Ballet
    • Cancelled Forged in Houston (March 12-22, 2020) 
    • Cancelled From Houston to the World (May 21-31, 2020)
    • Cancelled Romeo & Juliet (une 4-14, 2020)

Utah (Salt Lake City)

  • Ballet West
    • Cancelled Choreographic Festival (May 14-16, 2020) 
    • Rescheduled Bolero & The Dream (April 17-25, 2020) to June 12-20, 2020

Virginia (Norfolk)

Washington (Seattle)

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
    • Cancelled ONE THOUSAND PIECES (March 13 – 22, 2020)
    • Cancelled Beauty and the Beast (March 15 – 22, 2020)
    • Cancelled Giselle (April 10-19, 2020)

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.


Australia (Melbourne)

Australia (Sydney)


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Cherilyn J. Lee

Cherilyn's lifelong passion for ballet has opened the door to the next chapter of her journey. Her strong foundation includes training at the School of American Ballet, being a featured dancer with Hartford Ballet and Carolina Ballet, and being co-director/owner of City Ballet Raleigh. She was granted the Affiliate Teacher Award after successfully completing the ABT National Training Curriculum®. A professional career in the industry along with extensive global travel provide her with a unique set of experiences to draw upon as an audience member. Cherilyn is excited to be sharing her insight about ballet performances around the world.

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