My Favorite Nutcracker Moment

5 Dancers Share A Few of their Favorite Things

Backstage at the Benedum, calm - and a certain sense of coziness - pervades during The Nutcracker. Dressing rooms become mini homes away from home and cast members have never felt more like family. Onstage, dancers have 24 performances to explore their roles, luxuriate in the magic and live fully in the moment. Here, five dancers the moments they treasure most.

Artist Spotlight: Casey Taylor

Head Backstage at The Nutcracker!


Favorite Holiday Tradition: Spending time with family

Describe your typical Christmas morning: Since it’s just my immediate family we sleep in a little bit. Once everyone is awake we grab our coffee and breakfast and head to the presents. We start with stockings then move on to gifts, taking turns opening them one at a time.

Holiday Gift Guide

Ideas for the Dance Aficionado

PBT has plenty of suggestions for ballet aficionado on your gift list this holiday season. Whether it's tickets to a show, a dance class or a fun souvenir, get ahead on your shopping list with our PBT Gift Guide. 







Over 1,600 Students & Educators to Get First Viewing of ‘The Nutcracker’

Highmark & Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Present Dec. 4, Student Matinee Performance

More than 1,600 students and educators filled the Benedum Center to kick off Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s month-long run of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Sponsored by Highmark, the Student Matinee performance took the stage at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at the Benedum Center.

Infographic: The Nutcracker Fun Facts

150+ characters. 210 costumes. 5 elaborate scenes. With its sweeping scope and rich texture, The Nutcracker reveals new secrets with each viewing. Peek behind the curtain of the "most lavish (holiday production) in Pittsburgh and get a sense of what it takes to make magic!


Artist Spotlight: JoAnna Schmidt

Top 5 Nutcracker Moments

Corps de Ballet dancer JoAnna Schmidt estimates that she's danced in at least 200 performances of The Nutcracker. Yet whether it's a new role, a fresh perspective or a surprise detail, this show always offers something magical to discover. As she prepares to add the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy to her repertoire, JoAnna shares the Top 5 Nutcracker moments that she holds close to her heart.


PBT Season Trailer Takes Gold in International Competition

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2015-2016 Season trailer took both the gold and silver medal in the Online Film/Video category at the 2015 Davey Awards, an international competition that honors the achievements of smaller agencies that "derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheri

PBT Remembers Founding Chair Loti Falk Gaffney

This week, the Pittsburgh arts community lost an irreplaceable woman - Loti Falk Gaffney, PBT's founding board chair and long-time inspiration.  In her honor, it is PBT’s privilege to share this video tribute, produced by WQED, to her irrepressible energy, her beautiful spirit and her unstoppable drive to uplift her community. 


Dance Medicine Professionals Converge in Pittsburgh

Last week, more than 400 members of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science converged on Pittsburgh for a three-day meeting focusing on improving clinician care for dancers. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre family could not have been more thrilled to participate. 

First, more than 100 meeting attendees filled PBT Studios on Thursday to observe PBT dancers in working rehearsals for the company's intensely phyiscal season opener, Mixed Repertory #1, onstage Oct. 23-25, at the Benedum. 

Learning on the Move

Guest Post: Education Director Christina Salgado

This is part of a series on PBT’s involvement in the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Learn more about IADMS at

In creative movement class, children might be birds in flight or dinosaurs in motion. Scarves flutter through the air, hula hoops spin. Imaginations soar as they explore their space.  The possibilities are endless.