PBT Connects Theater Programs

Enrich your ballet experience with our pre-and-post-show educational programs.

This is your chance to pick the brain of our artistic director, dancers and visiting artists as they fill you in on the the creative process behind bringing a ballet to the stage. These programs are complimentary (except for Ballet Adventures) for all ticket holders and are held at the Benedum Center or August Wilson Center.

Ballet Adventures

The best way for children to connect with a ballet performance is to dance it themselves! No dance experience is required for this fun, 50-minute class that takes place just before a matinee performance. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from The Nutcracker. Appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5 – 13.  Fee: $18, in addition to ticket purchase for the corresponding matinee. Classes located at the Benedum Center; enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Family Pointe

Bring the whole family! –  to an entertaining pre-show program designed for all ages. In this 30-minute program, see characters from the performance and get up on your feet and try out some steps from the ballet. A great way to get familiar with the production before the show. Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Free; registration requested below.

Saturdays, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 1 p.m: Hear the story of The Nutcracker and watch the Toy Soldiers rehearse their part in the battle scene!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1 p.m: Bring the whole family to learn about The Sleeping Beauty! Hear the story of the ballet, meet the Monster characters who drive Carabosse’s creepy chariot, and dance with us to music from the ballet! This is a great way to get familiar with the production before the show. Enter at the Benedum stage door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Reservations requested.

Register for Sleeping Beauty Family Pointe!

Performance Preview

Know before you go! This introduction will prep you to more fully appreciate what you’re about to see on stage. Programs take place at 7 p.m. in the theater; no reservations necessary.

The Great Gatsby:  Friday, February 8, 2019

The Sleeping Beauty: Friday, May 11, 2019 – with Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis.


Wrap up the evening with this lively talk-back with dancers and other artists. Friday night, starting immediately after the performance. Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary.

Mozart in Motion:  Friday, October 26, 2018.  Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr is joined by répétiteurs Judith Fugate and Shirley Esseboom to discuss the process of rehearsing with PBT’s dancers.

PBT + DTH:  Friday, March 15, 2019


An in-depth discussion with PBT’s artistic staff and visiting artists, whose personal insights provide unique historical and cultural context for the production. Saturday, 7 – 7:30 p.m, located on the Mezzanine level at the Benedum Center (except where noted). Registration requested: click on the link to sign up!

Mozart in Motion:  Saturday, October 27, 2018. Maestro Charles Barker and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr discuss Mozart’s expressive music and its inspiration for ballet choreography. 

The Great Gatsby:  Saturday, February 9, 2019

PBT + DTH:  Saturday, March 16, 2019 (Cultivation Room, 2nd floor, August Wilson Center)

The Sleeping Beauty:  Saturday, May 11, 2019. Join us as Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and Maestro Charles Barker explore Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. PBT Company Pianist Yoland Collin accompanies the discussion with piano excerpts in this up-close and personal listening session! Mezzanine level; reservations requested.

Register Here!

Talk Back

Participate in a discussion about PBT + DTH – the program, the companies, and ballet today. In the theater right after the show. Reservations requested – link coming soon!

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 4 p.m.

Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. Sunday, 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted); in the theater, no reservations necessary.

Mozart in Motion:  Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Nutcracker:  Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Great Gatsby:  Sunday, February 10, and Sunday, February 17, 2019

PBT + DTH:  Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Sleeping Beauty:  Sunday, May 12, 2019

For questions about any of our theater programs email education@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9109.