The “Company Experience” Workshop

2021 Zoom Auditions

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School is excited to announce our 2021 audition dates! During our ballet auditions, dancers from all across the country and world are invited to audition via Zoom for three exceptional programs– the Intensive Summer Program, “Company Experience” Workshop and year-round Pre-professional Division Program. Students are able to audition live via Zoom or submit a video audition.

Audition Dates

Friday 1/15 Saturday 1/16 Sunday 1/24 Saturday 1/30 Sunday 2/7 Saturday 2/13
6–8 p.m.
Ages 12-15
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages 16+
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Ages 12-15
12–2 p.m.
Ages 12-15
12–2 p.m.
Ages 16+
12–2 p.m.
Ages 12-15
6–8 p.m.
Ages 16+
2–4 p.m.
Ages 12-15
2–4 p.m.
Ages 16+
3–5 p.m.
Ages 16+
3–5 p.m.
Ages 12-15
3–5 p.m.
Ages 16+

JUNE 14-25, 2021  |  Ages 16+

Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Faculty and company members for an exclusive preview of the life of a professional dancer.

  • Take part in a training experience designed for advanced, professional-track student dancers.
  • Learn traditional, contemporary and new choreography from PBT company dancers and artistic staff.
  • Link class experience and professional stage preparation through this unique workshop.
  • Small class sizes offer individual attention to dancers from faculty.
  • Up close and personal seminars with esteemed guest faculty.
  • Music seminars with 25-year Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre Charles Barker!
  • Complements our Intensive Summer Program and other ballet summer intensive training programs.
  • Apply early– workshop spots are limited.
  • Accepting live Zoom and video auditions this year starting Jan. 9, 2021.
  • Dancers in the “Company Experience” program may be considered by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Susan Jaffe for apprentice positions with PBT company.

Faculty

Faculty and Guests

PBT’s new Artistic Director Susan Jaffe will host her first “Company Experience” Workshop! Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School is thrilled to welcome esteemed guest artists to the 2021 “Company Experience.”

Alexander Brady – Guest teacher for contemporary and choreography classes

Alex trained at the Boston School of Ballet and the School of American Ballet before dancing professionally with Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance.  On Broadway, he was an original cast member of Movin’ Out, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Come Fly Away, all directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. He has also danced with Mark Morris Dance Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Dances Patrelle, the Houston Grand Opera, and in the films Across the Universe and Julie and Julia. Alex has staged Twyla Tharp repertory for dance companies worldwide, and as a guest teacher has taught technique (ballet & contemporary) and repertory at many universities and dance/ballet institutions. Alex started choreographing when he was a soloist at Miami City Ballet in 1997. Now Alex is following creative pursuits and inspiring audiences around the world. Since 2018 he choreographed Nineteen and Seven and Verge for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company, Shiver for the Concord Academy Dance Project, Tossed for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Coppélia for Harumi Hamanaka Ballet School in Tokyo, Japan. He is selected as a choreographer for UNCSA the 2019 Choreographic Institute residency.

Rika Okamoto – Guest teacher for contemporary and choreography classes

Rika Okamoto’s dance career expands from 1990 through 2017, including working with companies such as Martha Graham Dance Company (1992-1999) and Twyla Tharp (1993, 2001-2017).  She has appeared as an original cast in Tharp’s Broadway shows (Movin’ Out and Come Fly Away), Disney’s Broadway musical Tarzan, TV documentaries, award shows, commercials, prints, and films including Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor.  She was selected for the covers of Dance Magazine in 2010 and 2015. She also worked as a rehearsal director, director of education, administrator, production coordinator, and archivist at Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation. She has been teaching at numerous dance institutions and universities worldwide since 1994.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Art in Philadelphia, PA, a Yoga Alliance 500 hour advanced teacher certification, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher certification at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.

Artistic Team:*

*Subject to change. Not all dancers will work with every Guest Artist.

Schedule

Daily Schedule:

9:15–10:45 a.m. 11–2 p.m. 2–3 p.m. 3–4 p.m. 4:30–6 p.m.
Class Repertoire rehearsal/ learn new work Lunch Repertoire rehearsal/ learn new work Rehearsal/Seminar

Subject to change

Workshop Repertoire:

  • New Works created by next-gen dance makers, PBT Company members
  • Renowned Contemporary repertoire
  • More to be announced

Subject to change

Tuition & Housing

Tuition & Housing:

Tuition: $1020

A $350 non-refundable tuition deposit, applicable towards total tuition, is required with completed registration form. The balance of program tuition will be required of all students registering for the workshop and may be paid in two installments.

Housing: $1,124

Supervised dormitory housing is available at Chatham University. Housing cost includes room, meal plan, laundry and transportation for excursions. Housing is limited and awarded on a first-come basis upon acceptance to enrolled students, who have submitted the non-refundable housing deposit. The balance of program tuition will be required of all students registering for the workshop and may be paid in two installments.

PBT School recognizes that housing availability may change depending on the state of the pandemic in 2021 and what we determine is a safe option for students. PBT School reserves the right to modify housing arrangements based on the needs of the program.

While our intention is to present an in-person 2021 “Company Experience” Workshop, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School continues to stay informed by COVID-19 guidance from local, state and federal public health authorities, as well as applicable orders and regulations from the governor and relevant federal agencies. Should there be continued or increased risk for a full, in-person summer program, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will evaluate additional options including limited groups in-studio, hybrid and virtual formats, so that we can provide ballet education in an environment we feel is safe for all students, faculty and staff.

Please contact the PBT School office at PBTSchool@pittsburghballet.org for more information and program availability.


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