Dracula' dances in to mesmerized viewers

“Before Edward ...” quips the poster for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s upcoming Valentine’s Day production, “there was Dracula.”\n\nBetween those two vampires — reminds Erin Halloran, a principal dancer at the theater — are countless other mythological beings.\n\n“Vampires have been popular for a long time,” she said, singling out Anne Rice’s famous “The Vampire Chronicles” as an example.\n\nThe poster refers to Edward Cullen, the vampire heartthrob of the popular teen-book series, “Twilight.”\n\nPeople have always been fascinated with eternal life.

Pittsburgh Ballet reminds us that before Twilight -- and after twilight -- there was Dracula.

Before Edward and The Twilight Saga, before Louis and Lestat and Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles, there was Dracula, the original vampire playboy. Not just a coldblooded killer, Dracula was a conqueror of women's hearts, killing some while turning many into his beautifully undead brides.\n\nIn choreographer Ben Stevenson's ballet version of Dracula (1997), to be performed Feb. 11-13 by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the lustful count is no less insatiable.

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's lineup includes 2 debuts

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season will be a pas de deux of old favorites and new attractions -- including a venue change, Pittsburgh premieres and more chances to catch "The Nutcracker."\n\nDancers will open the 42nd season in October with "Peter Pan." Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet premiered this work by choreographer Jorden Morris in 2006. PBT has performed "Peter Pan" in the past, but its next showing at the Benedum Center, Downtown, will mark the Pittsburgh debut of Mr. Morris' version.\n\n\n

Pop Filter Hot Pick: PBT's Dracula Brings Dance & Darkness to the Stage

In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, forget flowers and chocolates, and instead take in one of the city's rich cultural offerings with that special someone, group of girlfriends or roommates, favorite cousin, or best buddy.\n\nWith its production of Dracula, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has the perfect combination of lust, love and longing for the occasion.

The real Dracula returns: PBT presents the classic gothic romance just in time for Valentine's Day

It's almost Valentine's Day, the time of year for crimson roses, heart-shaped candies, candlelit dinners -- and Count Dracula?\n\nPittsburgh Ballet Theatre thinks the blood-thirsty Casanova isn't just for Halloween.\n\n"Dracula was before Edward," artistic director Terrence Orr said, referring to vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" book and film series. "When you think about the [Dracula] story, in actuality, it is a love story."\n\n

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season brings 'Streetcar' premiere

Fresh takes on familiar stories and returning popular repertoire will animate the five productions of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season.\n\nThe company, which has enjoyed four consecutive years of balanced budgets, plans to add four or five performances to the run of its production of "The Nutcracker," set in Pittsburgh by artistic director Terrence S. Orr.\n\n\n

Prix de Lausanne Blog Entry!

Head over to the Prix de Lausanne blog to read Anwen's latest blog entry from Switzerland!

Prix de Lausanne - Day 1

Congratulations to our two students, Anwen David & Aviana Adams for being chosen to compete in the Prix De Lausanne 2011 competition! Today is their first day at the competition in Switzerland. We will have some photos and blog entries soon! For information visit our Prix de Lausanne page:

Prix De Lausanne Rehearsals

Click below to check out photos from some recent Prix de Lausanne rehearsals here at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School!

Prix De Lausanne 2011

Congratulations to our two students, Anwen David & Aviana Adams for being chosen to compete in the Prix De Lausanne 2011 competition!