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.

Dance Hall of Fame Gets Wilde

Former PBT Artistic Director Inducted by National Museum of Dance

Sharing company with the likes of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, Patricia Wilde will become the National Museum of Dance’s 56th Hall of Fame inductee on Aug. 13, in Saratoga Springs, New York.

In the words of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s former artistic director, “You climb mountains and suddenly you’re there.”

10 Stunning Summer Dance Shots

Our words to live by? Dance where and when the spirit takes you. If you’re a professional ballet dancer on summer break, it’s only natural to seize a searing sunset or a pristine patch of sand to snap a spontaneous pose.

5 Faces of Intensive Summer Program

What Brought Them to Pittsburgh; What They Plan to Take Away

Deepika Wilson, 19
Seattle, Washington

5 Faces of Intensive Summer Program

What Brought hem to Pittsburgh; What They Hope to Take Away

Deepika Wilson, 19
Seattle, Washington

Artist Spotlight: Daniela Moya

Get to Know One of PBT's Newest Dancers

Fresh from high school, Daniela Moya moved to the states five years ago to join Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program and move a step closer to her dreams of a professional ballet career. She joined PBT School’s Graduate Program in 2013 and since then joined the company on the Benedum stage for performances, including La Bayadère, The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire. Next time she takes the stage, it will be as a company member. Read on to get to know Daniela!

Fun Facts

Byham Center for Dance Sneak Peek: Take a Virtual Hard Hat Tour

When you pass PBT Studios in the Strip District this fall, look up. You might spot a ballet dancer or two. You might even get a peek at PBT’s next production. Better yet, you might decide to venture inside to try a ballet class of your own.

Beyond letting in natural light, and offering a sweeping view of PBT’s Strip District neighborhood, PBT wants the dance to be more visible from the street. And the company wants community members to know about the resources available to them inside.

Building a Ballet: Behind the Scenes of Giselle

Step in the PBT Costume Shop

Reams of gossamer tulles, textured brocades and airy silks line the walls. A tower of tutus flanks the door. Bolts of trim form a kaleidoscope of color. Bins of Swarovski crystals catch the light.

The work done here in the PBT Costume Shop is art unto itself. These costumes don’t just clothe the dancers – they add their own movement to the dance.