Train like a dancer with community classes at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a fitness enthusiast, ballet-based fitness works all the major muscle groups, burns calories and builds lean muscle — all in an uplifting environment. From Pilates and yoga to barre fitness and ballet, our Community Division offers options for teens and adults, ages 14 and up, to attend on a flexible, drop-in basis.
Try your first class free!
Beginning Ballet is designed for the adult student, who has little or no prior ballet experience or is easing back into ballet. Each class begins at barre and ends with a vigorous series of ballet combinations at center. Classes feature live piano accompaniment. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks, bare feet or ballet slippers.
Intermediate classes require prior ballet experience. Students will learn new combinations and expand their movement vocabulary from the beginning level. Classes feature live piano accompaniment. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks, bare feet or ballet slippers.
Advanced classes require prior ballet experience. Students will build increasingly complex combinations at barre and center. Classes feature live piano accompaniment. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks, bare feet or ballet slippers.
Students learn pointe work essentials and begin integrating it in their center combinations. Classes feature live piano accompaniment. Students must receive instructor endorsement before beginning en pointe. Suggested Attire: Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks, bare feet or ballet slippers. Pointe shoes required.
Dance Fitness & Cardio
Set to the funky fresh beats of today and yesterday, Beginning Hip-Hop is open to all levels. Join the movement with a perfect mix of cardio and choreography. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks or bare feet.
Looking for something different to spice up your week? This stylized portrayal of traditional folk or national dance may be for you. Students will learn basic dances such as the Polka, Tarantella, German Waldegger dance and more! Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks or bare feet.
For dancers, building a strong core is key to optimal performance. This express class focuses on strengthening abdominal and lower back muscles with Pilates-based exercises. Suitable for all fitness levels. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks or bare feet.
This open level contemporary class will investigate concepts of contemporary jazz and modern techniques through warm-up, floor exercises and combinations. Modifications will be given to accommodate various skill and comfort levels. Comfortable exercise apparel with bare feet, socks or jazz shoes.
PBT Barre Fitness
Step up to the barre for a challenging workout that combines the principles of ballet with strength-training and sculpting exercises, cardio and stretching. Comfortable exercise apparel with bare feet, sticky socks or ballet slippers.
PBT Cardio Dance Fitness
Burn calories and have fun with his high-energy, cardio class, featuring easy-to-follow choreography set to popular songs. Suitable for all fitness levels, no dance experience needed. Comfortable exercise shoes; please do not wear street shoes in the studios.
PBT Conditioning for Dancers
This total-body workout combines Pilates and ballet technique with strength training and boot camp based exercises to improve strength, stamina, balance and alignment. Dance experience is not required. Recommended for intermediate to advanced fitness levels. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks or bare feet.
Pilates mat classes are designed for beginner and intermediate-level students. The Pilates method builds strength, flexibility, agility and alignment for a sleek, toned body. Comfortable, fitted athletic attire. Socks or bare feet.
UPMC Power & Grace
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has enjoyed a close relationship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for many years.
UPMC and PBT partner to present a workshop that will provide valuable information on dance performance and health. Through our partnership, we are pleased to offer these services at a reduced rate.
Some dance experience is recommended. Space is limited.
For teens and adults ages 14 and up.
1 – 2 p.m. Lecture & Learning
2 – 3 p.m. Ballet Technique
3 – 3:30 p.m. Flexibility Training
3:30 – 4 p.m. Closing Discussion & Questions
All sessions will be co-taught by
Catherine Hagan Vargo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS and
Shanna Naider, ballet instructor, PT, DPT.
Earlybird price: $30 if registered before March 5
Regular price: $45 if registered after March 5