Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted two corps de ballet dancers to the rank of soloist for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season, which runs from October 2019 to May 2020.
Dancers Marisa Grywalski of Columbus, Ohio and Corey Bourbonniere of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, will begin their first mainstage season as soloists this fall with PBT’s 50th Anniversary Season opener “Giselle,” on stage Oct. 25-27 at the Benedum Center.
About PBT’s Newest Soloists
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Marisa Grywalski joined PBT in 2014 from the PBT School Graduate Program, where she trained for three years. Grywalski also received training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy. Her repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Giselle and Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker, as well as featured roles in Jerome Robbins’ The Concert; William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat, Elevated; and Dwight Rhoden’s Ave Maria. Marisa was named one of Pointe Magazine’s Stars of the Corps in 2015.
Corey Bourbonniere, a native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2012. Before joining the company, Bourbonniere trained with the State Ballet of Rhode Island and Heritage Ballet in Rhode Island, as well as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Graduate Program. He also attended summer programs at the American Academy of Dance and Texas Ballet Theater. Among his many PBT performances, Corey’s favorites include Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, as well as featured roles as a Stomper in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, the Third Sailor in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Bernardo in Robbins’ West Side Story Suite and Drosselmeyer in Terrence S. Orr’s The Nutcracker.