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


Fun Facts 


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:

PBT School Student to Compete in Prestigious International Ballet Competition

Sophie Silnicki Joins Only 10 U.S. Dancers Compete in Switzerland’s 2014 Prix de Lausanne

PBT School student Sophie Sea Silnicki, 16, is one of only seven female dancers from the United States selected to compete in Switzerland’s 42nd Annual Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, 2014.

Artist Spotlight: Molly Wright

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Backstage Ritual: I try not to think about performance day differently because then it makes you more nervous!

Most-played song on your iPod: Right now, it’s Christmas music. I really like “O Holy Night.” It’s a classic.

PBT School Students Compose and Choreograph for First Night Performance

Original New Work on the Program for PBT School Performance

Patricia Wilde to Receive 2013 Dance Magazine Award

Former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Recognized for Enduring Ballet Career

Described by Dance Magazine as “Balanchine’s allegro ballerina,” Patricia Wilde, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director of 15 years, is one of five 2013 Dance Magazine Award recipients to be honored on Dec. 9, at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City. 

PBT Gift Guide

Uplifting Gift Ideas for the Dance Lover in Your Life!

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 at PBT, or a fun souvenir, you can get ahead on your Christmas shopping list with this helpful PBT Gift Guide.