'Giselle' Brings 22-Season Career Full Circle

Christopher Budzynski to Take Final Bow

Over the course of his career – and his life – Giselle has been a touchstone of sorts for Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski.

It was one of two top ballets he revered as a youngster. It was the first ballet he performed as a professional. It was the first time he performed a pas de deux with his wife, fellow Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis.

'Giselle' to Feature Four-legged Star

Photo: Great Danes of the PA Great Dane Rescue as seen on the Pennsylvania Great Dance Rescue Facebook page


It takes a certain quality to star in a ballet performance. Composure. Elegant carriage. Charisma. Grace.  

Pittsburgh Ballet Opens 47th Season with Haunting Love Story of Giselle

PBT to Unveil New Scenic and Costume Designs; Orchestra to Revive Original Adam Score

Three days before Halloween, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens its 47th season with a story of haunting beauty: “Giselle” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, onstage Oct. 28-30, at the Benedum Center. 

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Watford

Victoria Watford, of Cleveland, Ohio, joins the company from the PBT School Graduate Program, where she has trained since 2014. Prior to PBT, Watford trained with the Cleveland School of Dance for more than 10 years and performed with Cleveland Youth Ballet Company in “Diamonds,” “Don Quixote,” “The Nutcracker” and other works.

Grand Opening Weekend Recap

Starting with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday and ending with a full day of open house festivities on Sunday, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre welcomed over 900 people into its newly expanded studios for the Grand Opening of the new Byham Center for Dance. Relive the weekend through this photo reel of memorable moments captured over the weekend. Photos by: Kelly Perkovich


Staying in Line

by PBT Principal Alexandra Kochis

by Alexandra Kochis, principal dancer, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

This piece was inspired by the Society for Contemporary Craft's ongoing Edward Eberle Retrospective. See Alexandra's insights on display at SCC in an exhibit encouraging other artists to play off artist Edward Eberly's use of intuitive line as base. Through March 11, in the center's main gallery. Find details here

Meet the Pups of PBT

Happy National Dog Day!

As a wise dog lover once said, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” Happy National Dog Day from our Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers! Meet the pups of PBT: 

Danielle Downey, Corps de Ballet, with Quincy (Old English Sheepdog).

Artist Spotlight: Amanda Potts

Meet One of PBT's New Ballerinas



Backstage Ritual: “I like to do my makeup at the theater. I think it’s a good way to set up for the performance. Before going on stage I’ll take a few deep breaths, say a quick prayer, just get myself all in one place before I go onstage.” 

6 Things I saw in Company Class

by former PBT intern --- self-professed ballet newbie --- Kathleen Fennell

Three months of elementary dance classes at the tender age of four and attendance at a handful of ballets are the sum of experience I brought to observe company class at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. For dancers, class is a daily ritual to wake up their muscles and prepare them for the day. Throughout the 1.5-hour class, I asked myself questions like: How do they lift their legs so high? What are they doing with their hands? Where do they find the energy to do this every single day? What purpose do these stretches serve? The musicality of the dancer’s movements entranced me.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Celebrates Annex Grand Opening with Free Community Day

Byham Center for Dance to Open in September; Kickstart New Community Classes

Starting in September, Liberty Avenue passersby will be able to see into Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s new studios from the street – a design feature that’s symbolic of the company’s mission to welcome more people inside.