From the viewing window in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre lobby, parents watch their children take center-studio. From barre to center exercises, the students are moving through a classic ballet class, but this group of students is actually part of a unique new series.
In collaboration with Autism Connection of PA, PBT piloted an adaptive dance class series this month for middle-and-high-school students with autism spectrum disorders. The classes, based on modified choreography from The Nutcracker, feature a live pianist, adjusted lighting and adapted teaching methods.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens its 45th Anniversary Season with one of the greatest fairy tale classics of all time, “The Sleeping Beauty” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, onstage for four performances Oct. 24-26, at the Benedum Center.
PBT fans may have spotted them onstage as pre-professional performers in company performances of The Nutcrackeror Swan Lake, but now Michaela King and Marisa Grywalski have joined the official company roster as the newest females of the corps de ballet. And, stay tuned to learn more about PBT's newest male dancers!
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has signed five new full-time dancers to the company roster for its 45th Anniversary Season. The new corps de ballet dancers will make their main-stage PBT debut at the company’s 45th Anniversary Season opener, The Sleeping Beauty with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, onstage Oct. 24-26, at the Benedum Center.
PBT Principal dancer Julia Erickson has been named the female recipient of the 2014 BRAZZY Award. The award was founded in 2013 by Greer Reed, artistic director of Reed Dance, to pay homage to Ms. Leslie Anderson Braswell’s dance legacy and her lifelong dedication to the art form. The award is given out annually to one exceptional male and female in the field of dance.
PBT Acquires New Full-Length Production for 45th Anniversary Season
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to announce that it has received a $100,000 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to fund the acquisition and Pittsburgh premiere of a new full-length ballet: Lew Christensen’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has signed five new full-time dancers to the company roster for its 45th Anniversary Season. The new corps de ballet dancers will make their PBT stage debut at the company’s annual “Ballet Under the Stars” pre-season performance at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area.
Thirty-eight student dancers, ages 15-23, line up across the studio. They could almost pass as professionals, but then someone laughs into their hand, stifling the sound, and laughter ripples down the line.