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Artist Spotlight: Meet PBT's Newest Ballerinas

Marisa Grywalski & Michaela King

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!

 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MARISA GRYWALSKI

PBT Welcomes Five New Company 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. 

Julia Erickson Receives 2014 BRAZZY Award

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.

The Pittsburgh Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant for PBT Premiere of “Beauty and The Beast”

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.”

Five New Dancers to Debut at PBT's "Ballet Under the Stars"

PBT Signs New Dancers to Company Roster

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.

 

A Day in the Life: PBT School Students Get Company Experience

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.

Artist Spotlight: Lucia Figueroa

Dressed in dance clothes, hair tightly pinned in a bun, ballet student Lucia Figueroa sits hunched over a large piece of drafting paper, ruler in hand, sketching a detailed set design.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Kicks Off 45th Anniversary Season with Free “Ballet Under the Stars” Performance at Hartwood Acres

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents its annual free, open air performance and picnic at Hartwood Acres on Sunday, Aug. 17. “Ballet Under the Stars” begins at 5 p.m. with free family activities and a ticketed pre-show picnic dinner followed by the 7:30 p.m. performance.

Father's Day Gift Idea: A Different Kind of Athletic Event

Mix it up this Father's Day! Give dad an occasion to wear all the neckties of Father’s Days past at a Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production. There’s nothing wrong with sports tickets, but there’s more to masculinity. If he isn’t already, the athleticism required to make lifts, leaps and turns appear effortless might just make him a newfound fan.

Artist Spotlight: Cooper Verona

PBT Dancer Cooper Verona to Choreograph for Company Experience Workshop


Backstage Ritual: 
I can't eat a lot at all before a show.  I'd rather feel more on the empty side than weighed down, and I usually eat a lot afterwards. Depending on the show, about 15 minutes before I go on I am always down at the stage rewarming up a little bit.  I usually knock on the stage three times, secretly, because I'm a little embarrassed how superstitious I am.  Then I'm ready to go!

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