Our ballet research broadcast to 1 million global audience

For the first time, La Trobe’s expert researchers will feature in The Australian Ballet’s online broadcast for World Ballet Day, reaching an estimated 1million audience across the globe. The annual day of ballet celebration is a truly global initiative that sees the world’s leading dance companies collaborate to produce up to 24hrs of live content.

As The Australian Ballet’s exclusive Research Partner, La Trobe’s students and experts in sports medicine, musculoskeletal health and biomechanics: Professor Kay Crossley, Professor Jill Cook, Dr Jodie McClelland and The Australian Ballet’s Dr Sue Mayes will be televised using innovative technology to capture the movement of the professional ballet dancers.

World Ballet Day is a celebration to show a behind the scenes view of the athleticism and dedication required for a life on the main stage of the best ballet companies in the world. The day starts with a 5 hour broadcast showcasing dancers of The Australian Ballet before the televised event switches to the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and finally the San Francisco Ballet.  In 2017 the following companies will also be part of the live stream; The National Ballet of Japan, Singapore Dance Theatre, The National Ballet of China, Ballets du Monte Carlo, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Houston Ballet and Ballet West.

A highlight of the broadcast will be a live cross to La Trobe’s researchers working with Australia’s elite ballet dancers to investigate the movement of dancers’ hips. The innovative research, which is the first of its kind, will capture the biomechanical movement of 25 dancers using La Trobe’s Vicon Motion Analysis system.  This data will then be compared with the dancers’ MRI scans.

Analysis of each dancer’s biomechanical movement will be used to improve our understanding of how hip movements can affect dancer performance and the outcomes from this analysis will lead to better management and prevention of injuries.

See all the action by tuning into the live stream from 12pm on Thursday 5 October to 5pm, with a special feature on La Trobe’s research from 4.15pm.

Discover more about La Trobe’s partnership with The Australian Ballet in research and second to none industry learning experiences at www.latrobe.edu.au/ballet