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Building a Ballet: Behind the Scenes of Giselle

Step in the PBT Costume Shop

Reams of gossamer tulles, textured brocades and airy silks line the walls. A tower of tutus flanks the door. Bolts of trim form a kaleidoscope of color. Bins of Swarovski crystals catch the light.

The work done here in the PBT Costume Shop is art unto itself. These costumes don’t just clothe the dancers – they add their own movement to the dance.

Why 'Serenade' Was Made for Students

This weekend, PBT School graduate students perform Balanchine’s sweeping Serenade – his first original ballet in America and a New York City Ballet signature to this day. Many love it above all his works, but few know students comprised the original cast.

During the creation of this work, unexpected rehearsal antics would take on profound effect. Balanchine originally choreographed Serenade in 1934 for students of the School of American Ballet in New York, soon after his arrival in America.

Dancer by Day, Pitt Student by Night

A Day in the Life of PBT School's Annie Martin

The schedule of a full-time student dancer can rival that of a 9-5 job. Annie Martin, a Lubbock, Texas, native, often needs to be in two places at once. She spends about 40 hours a week at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) and is taking a full 12-credit course load as an English major at the University of Pittsburgh. A recent Tuesday found Martin prepping for roles in PBT School’s spring performances and finishing up final exams. Her passion for storytelling is what gives Martin momentum and inspires her to dance and learn full-time.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Signs Four New Company Dancers

3 Female, 1 Male Dancer to Debut at Aug. Hartwood Acres Performance

PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has signed four new dancers to the company roster for the 2016-2017 Season, which opens Oct. 28-30, with Giselle with the PBT Orchestra.

Photographic Memories: 2015-2016 Edition

Take a Twirl Down Memory Lane

The 2015-2016 Season was a blur of exciting stories, world premieres and high-voltage dance. Take a twirl down memory lane with us through some of our favorite photos from the season.

We started our season with a powerhouse triple bill, and we had to pick a photo from each to do these works full justice. Beginning with its opening salvo of male leaps and orchestral fanfare, the expansive movement of Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta summons a strong sense of freedom, elation and wide-open spaces, illustrated below by dancers Yoshiaki Nakano and Alejandro Diaz.

Long-time Principal Dancer to Take Final Bow in October

Le Corsaire Marks Penultimate Performance

After 10 seasons with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Principal dancer Christopher Budzynski has announced that he will retire following the company’s October 2016 production of "Giselle." 

Meet PBT's Newest Principal Dancers

Three company dancers will rise to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s highest rank at the start of the coming ballet season. PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted Hannah Carter, Alejandro Diaz and Luca Sbrizzi to principalfor the company’s 2016-2017 Season, which opens Oct. 28-30, with Giselle.

Instagram Takeover: Luca Sbrizzi

Go behind the scenes with Principal Luca Sbrizzi.

Newly promoted PBT Principal Luca Sbrizzi recently took over Yelp Pittsburgh's Instagram to give followers a peak into the studio as the company prepares for the pirate saga Le Corsaire, onstage April 15-17, at the Benedum Center. Le Corsaire gives male dancers a special spotlight and features explosive leaps and turns. Check out a recap of Luca’s action-packed day behind the scenes: 

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Promotes 3 Dancers to Principal

Three company dancers will rise to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s highest rank at the start of the coming ballet season. PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted Hannah Carter, Alejandro Diaz and Luca Sbrizzi to principal for the company’s 2016-2017 Season, which opens Oct. 28-30, with Giselle.

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