PBT Dancer Cooper Verona to Choreograph for Company Experience Workshop
Backstage Ritual: I can't eat a lot at all before a show. I'd rather feel more on the empty side than weighed down, and I usually eat a lot afterwards. Depending on the show, about 15 minutes before I go on I am always down at the stage rewarming up a little bit. I usually knock on the stage three times, secretly, because I'm a little embarrassed how superstitious I am. Then I'm ready to go!
PBT School Offers “Company Experience” Workshop June 9-20
Under the direction of PBT company dancers and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, 36 students will learn what it takes to lead a professional dance career June 9-20, in PBT School’s new “Company Experience” workshop.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is proud to announce that the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) has contributed a $50,000 endowment grant to establish the LHAS Young Children’s Scholarship Fund at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. The fund will provide annual scholarships to talented young students – who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition – to attend PBT School’s internationally recognized training program.
Ranging from budding ballet dancers to polished pre-professionals, nearly 200 students of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will take the stage this month for two year-end performances featuring excerpts from the mesmerizing classic, “La Bayadère”, and original new works created by PBT School students.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will hold community auditions for Pittsburgh-area children ages 5 to 8 for the opportunity to receive Children’s Division scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. The auditions will be held on Sunday, May 4, at PBT Studios in the Strip District, 2900 Liberty Ave. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with auditions following from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
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.