Memories of a Master

Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr on Teaching Tudor

It all begins with a sharp intake of breath.

Close your eyes, and imagine a garden framed by fragrant lilac branches. The air is sweet with their perfume, yet heavy with emotional tension. The era is Victorian – and the societal conventions are stifling.

Here, “Caroline, on the eve of her marriage to the man she does not love, tries to say farewell to her lover at a garden reception.”

Antony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden) is a study in subtlety, in repressed emotions and inner turmoil.

3 Dancers on Johnny Cash

Lyrics & Musings on 'The Man in Black'

In James Kudelka's The Man in Black, four dancers - three male, one female - move through a montage of poetic images inspired by six poignant cover songs Johnny Cash recorded in the later years of his career. Here, three of these dancers offer a montage of thoughts and song lyrics that help inspire this journey. 

Retrospective: The Eternal Appeal of Michael Smuin

3 PBT Artistic Leaders on Dancing for a Dynamo


Michael Smuin (1938-2007) was a brilliant dancer, choreographer and theatre director. Throughout his career, he took home Emmy, Tony and Drama Desk awards, danced and choreographed for American Ballet Theatre, co-directed San Francisco Ballet for over 10 years and launched his own company, Smuin Ballet, which lives on in San Francisco.

A PBT Love Story

3 Couples Who Found Love at the Ballet

In the world of ballet, true love knows no bounds. It shatters curses and penetrates enchanted slumbers. It can strike by a moonlit lake, in a forest glen, through a dream. Prince Siegfried saw his love in a swan. Giselle’s love literally followed her to the ends of the earth.

Even beyond the classical canon, love doesn’t stop at the stage. For these three couples, ballet launched their true-life love stories.


Artist Spotlight: Luca Sbrizzi

Luca on Peter Pan, Happy Thoughts & More!


Your Happy Thought: "Spending time with my wife: exploring new places together, experiencing new things together, growing together. There is something so incredibly beautiful about sharing your life with someone you love so much."

Triple the Tinks: 3 Ballerinas Take on a "Big" Role

Peter Pan – Feb. 12-21 – Benedum Center

She might but tiny, but PBT’s Tinker Bell packs a larger-than-life personality. Here, three PBT ballerinas - JoAnna Schmidt, Caitlin Peabody and Gabrielle Thurlow (left to right below) -  share their take on Tink and the timeless story of Peter Pan. Find out when they – and your other favorite dancers – will be performing here!

#TopNine of 2015

The Director's Top Photographic Moments of the Year

He may not be an Instagrammer, but Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has curated his own #TopNine photos for the company's defining moments of 2015. 

Overlapping two ballet seasons, the photos capture breathtaking dance moments and symbolize company milestones. Here, he ranks and contextualizes his Top Nine. 



A Pinnacle Moment

PBT Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony for Byham Center for Dance

As the final structural steel beam soared skyward, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s campus expansion project took a big leap forward on Dec. 23. 

PBT dancers, students, staff and supporters gathered outside PBT’s Strip District studios to celebrate the Topping Out Ceremony for the Byham Center for Dance. Slated to open in fall 2016, the new studio annex will make PBT more accessible to the broader community and open the doors to more aspiring ballet students who come from around the world to train in Pittsburgh.

My Favorite Nutcracker Moment

5 Dancers Share A Few of their Favorite Things

Backstage at the Benedum, calm - and a certain sense of coziness - pervades during The Nutcracker. Dressing rooms become mini homes away from home and cast members have never felt more like family. Onstage, dancers have 24 performances to explore their roles, luxuriate in the magic and live fully in the moment. Here, five dancers the moments they treasure most.

Artist Spotlight: Casey Taylor

Head Backstage at The Nutcracker!


Favorite Holiday Tradition: Spending time with family

Describe your typical Christmas morning: Since it’s just my immediate family we sleep in a little bit. Once everyone is awake we grab our coffee and breakfast and head to the presents. We start with stockings then move on to gifts, taking turns opening them one at a time.