A native of Kazakhstan, Ruslan Mukhambetkaliyev danced in professional ballet companies around the world before landing in Pittsburgh as one of PBT’s newest corps de ballet members. His experience dancing such timeless ballets as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote across many different countries and cultures has helped prepare him to dance the classics in PBT’s 2013-14 season.
An Evening of Twyla Tharp...and Frank Sinatra, Philip Glass, Oscar de la Renta and Norma Kamali! PBT’s 2013-14 Season opener joins big names in dance, fashion and music, making this production a treat for dance lovers, music buffs, and fashionistas alike. Read more here about the iconic names of An Evening of Twyla Tharp. For tickets to An Evening of Twyla Tharp, onstage Oct. 25-27, at the Benedum Center, click here.
Hometown: Ipswich, England Years with PBT: First-year dancer Backstage Ritual: I always make sure I get a nap in before a show and eat something good for lunch. I’m not too superstitious or anything like that, I just make sure to warm up well. Top-played song on your iPod: “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Avicii
In Their Own Words: Four Dancers Describe "An Evening of Twyla Tharp"
Packed with big names in entertainment, athletic intensity and artistic innovation, PBT's 2013-2014 Season opener "An Evening of Twyla Tharp" is among the most anticipated productions of the season for PBT company dancers. Here, four PBT dancers describe the artistic impact in their own words.
This weekend, Alyssa Herzog Melby, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, received the 2013 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Award for Emerging Leaders for her dedication to advancing accessibility among ballet patrons with special needs.