7 Nutcracker Photos to Spark Your Holiday Spirit

1. Is there anything more magical than a moonlit sleigh ride? Maybe only one that's heading to a beautiful Land of Enchantment...


2. Remember that one childhood gift that had you dancing around the room with glee? Marie's rapture upon receiving the mysterious Nutcracker doll triggers the nostalgic every time.

Artist Spotlight: Alexander Castillo

Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has signed a new male dancer to the Corps de Ballet for the 2016-2017 Season: Alexander Castillo.

A native of Bayside, Queens, Castillo joins PBT from Los Angeles Ballet, where he danced for six years and advanced to a soloist position. He received his training with Ballet Academy East, The School of American Ballet and in summer intensives at Boston Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and The School of American Ballet.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Hires New Company Dancer

Castillo to Debut in The Nutcracker Dec. 2-27, at the Benedum

Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has signed a new male dancer to the Corps de Ballet for the 2016-2017 Season. Alexander Castillo will make his mainstage debut Dec. 2-27, in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 15th-anniversary run of The Nutcracker at the Benedum Center.

Pittsburgh-inspired ‘The Nutcracker’ Celebrates 15th Anniversary on Stage

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” celebrates its 15th season onstage with a 26-performance run Dec. 2-27, at the Benedum Center.

Fittingly, the milestone intersects with the 20th anniversary season of the man who created it: PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.

When Orr arrived in Pittsburgh in 1997 to take the helm of PBT, a new “Nutcracker” was on his mind. He’d just relocated from New York City’s American Ballet Theatre and was experiencing the city’s traditions and history through fresh eyes.

'Giselle' Brings 22-Season Career Full Circle

Christopher Budzynski to Take Final Bow

Over the course of his career – and his life – Giselle has been a touchstone of sorts for Principal Dancer Christopher Budzynski.

It was one of two top ballets he revered as a youngster. It was the first ballet he performed as a professional. It was the first time he performed a pas de deux with his wife, fellow Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis.

Meet the Four-legged Star of 'Giselle'

It takes a certain quality to star in a ballet performance. Composure. Elegant carriage. Charisma. Grace.  

Five-year-old Ellie, a pure-breed Great Dane, checks every box. This 175-pound canine will strut across the Benedum Center stage during PBT’s season opener Giselle with the PBT Orchestra.

Pittsburgh Ballet Opens 47th Season with Haunting Love Story of Giselle

PBT to Unveil New Scenic and Costume Designs; Orchestra to Revive Original Adam Score

Three days before Halloween, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens its 47th season with a story of haunting beauty: “Giselle” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, onstage Oct. 28-30, at the Benedum Center. 

Artist Spotlight: Victoria Watford

Victoria Watford, of Cleveland, Ohio, joins the company from the PBT School Graduate Program, where she has trained since 2014. Prior to PBT, Watford trained with the Cleveland School of Dance for more than 10 years and performed with Cleveland Youth Ballet Company in “Diamonds,” “Don Quixote,” “The Nutcracker” and other works.

Grand Opening Weekend Recap

Starting with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday and ending with a full day of open house festivities on Sunday, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre welcomed over 900 people into its newly expanded studios for the Grand Opening of the new Byham Center for Dance. Relive the weekend through this photo reel of memorable moments captured over the weekend. Photos by: Kelly Perkovich


Staying in Line

by PBT Principal Alexandra Kochis

by Alexandra Kochis, principal dancer, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

This piece was inspired by the Society for Contemporary Craft's ongoing Edward Eberle Retrospective. See Alexandra's insights on display at SCC in an exhibit encouraging other artists to play off artist Edward Eberly's use of intuitive line as base. Through March 11, in the center's main gallery. Find details here