Outside PBT’s largest studio, clusters of PBT School students often gather between classes to peer into company rehearsals for a dose of daily inspiration. But at least once each season, these young dancers temporarily step into the world of their role models for The Nutcracker, a production that has initiated generations of ballet dancers into the world of professional performance.
Behind the flowing fur and powerful jaws, PBT Soloist Alejandro Diaz has found empathy and understanding for the misunderstood hero he'll portray in PBT's brand-new fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast. Here, Alejandro shares his secrets to humanizing the man beneath the intimidating exterior.
Caitlin Peabody Preps Rotating Cast of Pointe Shoes
This Nutcracker season, Corps de Ballet dancer Caitlin Peabody will take the stage for 24 performances, perform 13 roles and dance through at least seven pairs of pointe shoes. Whether it's a hard toe for Sugarplum or a soft fit for snowflakes, Caitlin customizes her shoes to fit the choreography of the characters that she'll portray.
Popular PBS Program Heads behind the Scenes of “The Nutcracker” with Principal Alexandra Kochis
PBS’ hit children’s program Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will head behind the scenes of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker on its Dec. 17, episode, following Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis as she prepares to dance the role of the Sugarplum Fairy. The segment airs locally on WQED at 9 a.m. Dec. 17.
Gabrielle Thurlow & Luca Sbrizzi to Co-Star on “The Nutcracker” Opening Night
Pointe Magazine has ranked Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloists Gabrielle Thurlow and Luca Sbrizzi on its Top 10 Standout Performances of 2014 for their exuberant dancing in PBT’s April production of “Don Quixote.”
For Corps de Ballet dancer Caitlin Peabody, the perfect Thanksgiving blurs the line between holidays. "The parade is on from start to finish," she said, adding that she'll accompany it with coffee and maybe even a mimosa in the morning. The traditional day also includes an obligatory viewing of The Miracle on 31st Street.
From the viewing window in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre lobby, parents watch their children take center-studio. From barre to center exercises, the students are moving through a classic ballet class, but this group of students is actually part of a unique new series.
In collaboration with Autism Connection of PA, PBT piloted an adaptive dance class series this month for middle-and-high-school students with autism spectrum disorders. The classes, based on modified choreography from The Nutcracker, feature a live pianist, adjusted lighting and adapted teaching methods.