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
This week, the Pittsburgh arts community lost an irreplaceable woman - Loti Falk Gaffney, PBT's founding board chair and long-time inspiration. In her honor, it is PBT’s privilege to share this video tribute, produced by WQED, to her irrepressible energy, her beautiful spirit and her unstoppable drive to uplift her community.
Last week, more than 400 members of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science converged on Pittsburgh for a three-day meeting focusing on improving clinician care for dancers. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre family could not have been more thrilled to participate.
First, more than 100 meeting attendees filled PBT Studios on Thursday to observe PBT dancers in working rehearsals for the company's intensely phyiscal season opener, Mixed Repertory #1, onstage Oct. 23-25, at the Benedum.
This is part of a series on PBT’s involvement in the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Learn more about IADMS at www.iadms.org.
In creative movement class, children might be birds in flight or dinosaurs in motion. Scarves flutter through the air, hula hoops spin. Imaginations soar as they explore their space. The possibilities are endless.
From the showmanship of Western Symphony to the physicality of William Forsythe, it's all in a day's work for a PBT dancer. In celebration of World Ballet Day, PBT Soloist Gabrielle Thurlow took over PBT's Instagram and shared a typical rehearsal day for PBT's season opener, Mixed Repertory #1, which features a trio of trailblazing ballets. Here, Thurlow shares her excitement for the program, plus Instagram exclusives.
PBT Principal Yoshiaki Nakano is making moves. In six years with PBT, he has ascended to the company’s top rank and earned a spot on Dance Magazine’s 2014 “25 to Watch” ranking. Now, he’ll become the first PBT dancer to choreograph an original work for the company’s main-stage season.