Classic Literature Inspires Beloved Ballet

Don Quixote

A literary classic turned ballet masterpiece, Don Quixote is a production for the adventurous and imaginative.

Guest Blog Post: Education Director Alyssa Herzog Melby

Behind the Scenes of PreK Creative Movement

One of the best parts of my job is seeing how dance and movement can connect ideas and people in ways they never before thought possible.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Season Company Promotions & Departures

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has announced the promotion of four company dancers for the 2014-2015 Season, which opens in October with “The Sleeping Beauty.” PBT dancers Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano have been promoted to principal – the highest rank in the company – and dancers Gabrielle Thurlow and Alejandro Diaz have been promoted to soloist positions for the company’s 45th Anniversary Season.

Artist Spotlight: Stephen Hadala

Don Quixote Marks Final Performance for 16-year PBT Dancer

Beyond the Barre: Behind the Scenes of "3x3"

Viktor Plotnikov's PBT World Premiere: In Your Eyes

Musical, inventive and eclectic - PBT's mixed repertory program 3x3 is all about the dance. "The can be infectious," said Dwight Rhoden, one of the program's three featured choreographers. Peek behind-the-scenes, and hear from the choreographers and performers in a three-part video series on the ballet.


Artist Spotlight: Choreographer Julia Adam

For years, PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has followed the works of choreographer Julia Adam and looked for the ideal opportunity to feature her unique sense of movement. That moment has arrived as PBT prepares to give her cross-cultural fusion Ketubah its Pittsburgh premiere during PBT’s 3x3 program, onstage March 7-16, at the August Wilson Center. 

Swan Lake Fun Fact: 32 Fouettes

One of the most striking sequences for the Swan Queen is her series of 32 fouettes in Act III of Swan Lake. To do a fouette (meaning “to whip” in French), a ballerina whips one leg in a circular motion to the side and then into a passe while turning and rising on and off of pointe on the standing leg.

Artist Spotlight: Julia Erickson

Dancing the Dual Role of Odette/Odile


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Artist Spotlight: Caitlin Peabody

Creating Corps Chemistry for "Swan Lake"


Odette/Odile may be the iconic role of Swan Lake, but the ethereal aura of the corps de ballet commands its share of the spotlight with some of ballet's most famous ensembles scenes. “You very much become bonded as girls in the corps of Swan Lake, and that’s a rewarding feeling,” said PBT's Caitlin Peabody who talks in this Artist Spotlight interview about transcending the challenge and creating corps chemistry. Read more about Caitlin and her thoughts on Swan Lake here: