PHOTO BY: BOB SHOMLER | ARTISTS: MARJORIE GRUNDVIG & LEE BELL
Michael Smuin (1938-2007) was a brilliant dancer, choreographer and theatre director. Throughout his career, he took home Emmy, Tony and Drama Desk awards, danced and choreographed for American Ballet Theatre, co-directed San Francisco Ballet for over 10 years and launched his own company, Smuin Ballet, which lives on in San Francisco.
In the world of ballet, true love knows no bounds. It shatters curses and penetrates enchanted slumbers. It can strike by a moonlit lake, in a forest glen, through a dream. Prince Siegfried saw his love in a swan. Giselle’s love literally followed her to the ends of the earth.
Even beyond the classical canon, love doesn’t stop at the stage. For these three couples, ballet launched their true-life love stories.
Your Happy Thought: "Spending time with my wife: exploring new places together, experiencing new things together, growing together. There is something so incredibly beautiful about sharing your life with someone you love so much."
PBT Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony for Byham Center for Dance
As the final structural steel beam soared skyward, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s campus expansion project took a big leap forward on Dec. 23.
PBT dancers, students, staff and supporters gathered outside PBT’s Strip District studios to celebrate the Topping Out Ceremony for the Byham Center for Dance. Slated to open in fall 2016, the new studio annex will make PBT more accessible to the broader community and open the doors to more aspiring ballet students who come from around the world to train in Pittsburgh.
Backstage at the Benedum, calm - and a certain sense of coziness - pervades during The Nutcracker. Dressing rooms become mini homes away from home and cast members have never felt more like family. Onstage, dancers have 24 performances to explore their roles, luxuriate in the magic and live fully in the moment. Here, five dancers the moments they treasure most.
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Spending time with family
Describe your typical Christmas morning: Since it’s just my immediate family we sleep in a little bit. Once everyone is awake we grab our coffee and breakfast and head to the presents. We start with stockings then move on to gifts, taking turns opening them one at a time.
PBT has plenty of suggestions for ballet aficionado on your gift list this holiday season. Whether it's tickets to a show, a dance class or a fun souvenir, get ahead on your shopping list with our PBT Gift Guide.
More than 1,600 students and educators filled the Benedum Center to kick off Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s month-long run of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Sponsored by Highmark, the Student Matinee performance took the stage at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Benedum Center.