As a wise dog lover once said, “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” Happy National Dog Day from our Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers! Meet the pups of PBT:
Danielle Downey, Corps de Ballet, with Quincy (Old English Sheepdog).
Backstage Ritual: “I like to do my makeup at the theater. I think it’s a good way to set up for the performance. Before going on stage I’ll take a few deep breaths, say a quick prayer, just get myself all in one place before I go onstage.”
by former PBT intern --- self-professed ballet newbie --- Kathleen Fennell
Three months of elementary dance classes at the tender age of four and attendance at a handful of ballets are the sum of experience I brought to observe company class at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. For dancers, class is a daily ritual to wake up their muscles and prepare them for the day. Throughout the 1.5-hour class, I asked myself questions like: How do they lift their legs so high? What are they doing with their hands? Where do they find the energy to do this every single day? What purpose do these stretches serve? The musicality of the dancer’s movements entranced me.
Byham Center for Dance to Open in September; Kickstart New Community Classes
Starting in September, Liberty Avenue passersby will be able to see into Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s new studios from the street – a design feature that’s symbolic of the company’s mission to welcome more people inside.
Our words to live by? Dance where and when the spirit takes you. If you’re a professional ballet dancer on summer break, it’s only natural to seize a searing sunset or a pristine patch of sand to snap a spontaneous pose.
Fresh from high school, Daniela Moya moved to the states five years ago to join Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program and move a step closer to her dreams of a professional ballet career. She joined PBT School’s Graduate Program in 2013 and since then joined the company on the Benedum stage for performances, including La Bayadère, The Nutcracker and Le Corsaire. Next time she takes the stage, it will be as a company member.Read on to get to know Daniela!
When you pass PBT Studios in the Strip District this fall, look up. You might spot a ballet dancer or two. You might even get a peek at PBT’s next production. Better yet, you might decide to venture inside to try a ballet class of your own.
Beyond letting in natural light, and offering a sweeping view of PBT’s Strip District neighborhood, PBT wants the dance to be more visible from the street. And the company wants community members to know about the resources available to them inside.