COMPANY EXPERIENCE

JUNE 11-24, 2023  |  Ages 16+

2-Week Workshop

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Limited program capacity.

Elevate your training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s rigorous Company Experience Workshop, designed by professionals for the pre-professional dancer

Now entering its ninth year, the workshop offers a two-week immersive bridge into the next step in dancers’ journeys. Over two weeks of intensive rehearsal and mentoring in both classical and contemporary repertoire from PBT company members (including many alumni of the program), PBT Faculty and guest artists, Company Experience dancers gain the skills they need to move confidently into their futures as professional dancers.

It is an amazing company where you can clearly see they care for their dancers and the environment is nothing but supportive and fun! –2022 CE Dancer

Program Overview

On the first day of the program, dancers participate in an audition process to be cast in three distinctly different types of pieces reflective of the PBT company and repertoire: a classical piece, a contemporary piece and a new work created specifically for Company Experience dancers. 

For the majority of the program, dancers follow a daily schedule allowing them to immerse themselves into the daily life of a dancer.

  

Daily Schedule

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. – Class

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Classical Repertoire

12:30 – 2 p.m. – Contemporary Repertoire 

2 – 3 p.m. – Lunch

3 – 4:30 p.m. – New Choreography

4:30 – 6 p.m. – New Choreography

Dancers will work with

PBT Company Artistic Ballet Masters:

Marianna Tcherkassky

Steven Annegarn 

PBT Company Dancers:

TBD

PBT School Faculty

Marjorie Grundvig, PBT School Director

Eun Young Ahn, Head of Curriculum and Student Division

Christopher Budzynski, Head of Men’s Programming

Christine Schwaner, Full-time PBTS Faculty, Former PBT Principal Dancer

Alexandra Kochis, PBTS Faculty, Former PBT Principal Dancer

Erin Halloran, PBTS Faculty, Former PBT Principal Dancer

Guest Choreographers

Rika Okamoto

Alex Brady

It was one of the best experiences ever. I LOVED working with the company dancers and guest artists so closely. – 2022 CE Dancer

Repertoire for 2023 Company Experience to include

Classical work: Susan Jaffe’s Swan Lake Act I Waltz

New Choreography: Rika Okamoto and Alexander Brady, PBT company dancers 

Contemporary work: Susan Jaffe’s Bolero

Performance at PBT Studios

PBT’s largest studio set up with risers and curtains

In-person, families are invited to attend. Reservations required.

Friday, June 23, 2023

1:30 – 3 p.m.

 

Interesting in seeing last year’s performance?

Click below to see the classical pieces from the 2022 Company Experience performance.

Click below to see the contemporary pieces from the 2022 Company Experience rehearsal.


More Information

Auditions

For full details about our audition tour, please see our audition page.

Deadlines/dates

Audition registration: Registration closes at 9 a.m. the Friday of each audition weekend for all sites of that weekend.

Company Experience registration: Dancers accepted to the program will have three weeks from the date of their acceptance to register for the program. That deadline will be clearly indicated in the acceptance letter.

Program dates: Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 23, 2023

Move-in/out: students living in PBT housing at Chatham University will move in on Sunday, June 11. They must vacate their housing no later than Saturday, June 24.

Performances: the program-end showcase will be on Friday, June 23.

Costs

Audition fees: $35 per audition site

Program tuition: $1,490

Registration fees/deposits: At the time of registration, dancers must pay a $45 nonrefundable registration fee and a nonrefundable $500 deposit.

Housing costs: $1,190

Housing fees/deposits: At the time of registration, dancers must pay a $25 nonrefundable registration fee and a nonrefundable $500 deposit. Dancers must first register for the CE program and pay a tuition deposit to access the housing registration form.

Payment plans: Dancers have the option to pay in full or to pay in three installments, automatically charged on March 15, April 15, and May 15 (for tuition) and April 1, May 1, and June 1 (for housing). A one-time administrative processing fee of $30 will be charged for those who select the payment plan. All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the program.

Misc.: Dancers should budget for spending money, as well as for their travel plans getting to and from Pittsburgh, including to and from the airport if they are flying into the city. PBT is not able to arrange airport transportation for students. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Eligibility: Merit-based scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of our auditioning faculty and will be communicated to students in their acceptance letters. There is no application process for merit-based scholarships–any auditioning student will be considered for merit-based scholarships. 

Need-based financial aid is available via application for dancers whose household income is less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines for their household size. Dancers who do not meet this requirement are not eligible for financial aid and will not be considered.

Process: Dancers interested in need-based financial aid should apply upon acceptance to the Company Experience program. A link to the application form will be included in all acceptance letters. This short form will require a few pieces of information about the dancer’s household, as well as the inclusion of verifying documentation (W2 forms).

Deadlines: Dancers applying for financial aid should not register for the Company Experience program by the deadline given in their acceptance letter. Instead, they should consider that date as their deadline to apply for financial aid.

All financial aid applications will be considered together after the conclusion of the audition tour. Financial aid decisions will be communicated no later than March 10. Dancers will have two weeks from the time of their financial aid determination to register for the program.


For additional questions, please visit our Summer FAQ page.

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