PBT School Students Mark Milestone with First Pointe Shoe Fitting

For a professional ballerina, it’s not uncommon to dance through multiple pairs of pointe shoes in just one rehearsal week.  But for most female dancers, their first pair of pointe shoes is one set that they’ll always remember.

PBT Musician Advances to Final Audition Round for American Music Abroad

Although PBT School pianist Ellen Gozion is well-known at PBT for her classical accompaniment, she will travel to New York City this month for a major musical accomplishment of a completely different genre – American folk music.

PBT's Danielle Downey Stays on Pointe for the Cancan

Swishing skirts, high-kicking choreography…and the rond de jambe? Surprisingly, the chorus line staple, the Cancan, incorporates classical ballet influences from the quick circles of the lower leg to the flying splits of the grande ecart. Today, all Moulin Rouge® performers must bring a solid base in classical ballet training. PBT dancer Danielle Downey offers her take on staying on pointe for Moulin Rouge®  – The Ballet.

By Danielle Downey 

Artist Spotlight: Choreographer Jorden Morris

Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet choreographer Jorden Morris shares behind-the-scenes insights on bringing the famed cabaret to the Benedum Center stage.

How did you conceive of the underlying story and style of this ballet? What are the different sources you looked to for inspiration?

PBT School Holds Pittsburgh Auditions for 2013 Intensive Summer Program


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School  - the official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – concludes a nation-wide audition tour for its 2013 Intensive Summer Program with Pittsburgh auditions on  Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at the PBT Studios in the Strip District.

Elenora Morris at the Prix de Lausanne - Video Blog

Elenora was interviewed for the video blog on Day 5 at the Prix.  Check her out about 4:20 into the video!

Elenora Morris at the Prix de Lausanne - Day 6 - Selection Day!

Today was selections day.  I was obviously excited last night, but after taking a hot bath and watching some Pride and Prejudice with my mom I slept wonderfully!  In the morning I felt ready to perform my variations for the jury!  Since I didn't have to be at the theater until lunchtime, I got to have a nice breakfast with my mom and spent the morning stretching and listening to music.  

Elenora Morris at the Prix de Lausanne - Day 5!

I can't believe how fast the week has gone.  Today was our last day of classes and coaching before we perform our variations tomorrow!

Elenora Morris at the Prix de Lausanne - Day 4!

Today was wonderful!  After a good night's sleep, I headed to the theater for 9:30 class.  Since the jury weren't watching, we had a shortened ballet class that was all on flat.  It was nice to have a low pressure class, and the teacher was able to give us more feedback and corrections.  She focused a lot on arms and epaulment, and encouraged us to initiate our arms with our backs.  Polly and my mom got to observe class from the balcony, and it was fun to dance for them.