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.
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.
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.
PBT has plenty of suggestions for ballet aficionado on your gift list this holiday season. Whether it's tickets to a show, a dance class or a fun souvenir, get ahead on your shopping list with our PBT Gift Guide.
More than 1,600 students and educators filled the Benedum Center to kick off Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s month-long run of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Sponsored by Highmark, the Student Matinee performance took the stage at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Benedum Center.
150+ characters. 210 costumes. 5 elaborate scenes. With its sweeping scope and rich texture, The Nutcracker reveals new secrets with each viewing. Peek behind the curtain of the "most lavish (holiday production) in Pittsburgh and get a sense of what it takes to make magic!
Corps de Ballet dancer JoAnna Schmidt estimates that she's danced in at least 200 performances of The Nutcracker. Yet whether it's a new role, a fresh perspective or a surprise detail, this show always offers something magical to discover. As she prepares to add the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy to her repertoire, JoAnna shares the Top 5 Nutcracker moments that she holds close to her heart.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2015-2016 Season trailer took both the gold and silver medal in the Online Film/Video category at the 2015 Davey Awards, an international competition that honors the achievements of smaller agencies that "derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheri