PBT School Holds Pittsburgh Auditions for 2013 Intensive Summer Program


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School  - the official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – concludes a nation-wide audition tour for its 2013 Intensive Summer Program with Pittsburgh auditions on  Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. at the PBT Studios in the Strip District.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall and School Principal Janet Popeleski kicked off PBT School’s 2013 audition tour in January, and held auditions at 28 sites, in 27 cities and 16 states to bring young dance talent to Pittsburgh. In addition to U.S. sites, Mr. Marshall also held auditions in Osaka, Japan in August. The audition team selects students from each audition to attend the school’s 2013 Intensive Summer Program (ISP).  The U.S. audition tour concludes in Pittsburgh on February 17, 2013, at the PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue.

PBT School’s ISP is a five-week program of diverse dance curriculum, including ballet technique, partnering, pointe and repertoire as well as jazz, modern and character dance. Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, ISP includes instruction by prominent PBT faculty members and guest instructors of international acclaim. With classes six days a week, students will also attend seminars and workshops focused on nutrition, choreography, injury prevention and the psychology of dance. The PBT School Intensive Summer Program is designed to instill long-term value for the art form through the study of diverse, high-quality techniques that adapt well to the demands of professional ballet companies.

The nation-wide audition tour draws more than 600 candidates and places more than 170 students from around the United States into the program.  Students living outside the United States are invited to audition by video, and the program often accepts students from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Hungary and Taiwan.  The PBT School ISP has recently seen a surge in participation by young Japanese students as a result of Mr. Marshall’s engagement with the annual Japan Grand Prix ballet competition, where he serves (2009-present) on an international panel of judges.  PBT School has earned the distinguished reputation as an artistic and instructional leader of dance training and offers aspiring dancers a comprehensive curriculum in a professional, fast-paced environment. 

The auditions and program are open to male and female ballet dancers ages 12 and older.  The program features a strong male to female ratio; generally 1:4, a competitive ratio that distinguishes PBT School from other programs by allowing students to maximize their partnering classes.

The Intensive Summer Program takes place June 24, to July 27, 2013 and is held in the spacious PBT Studios, which are fully equipped with new Harlequin sprung floors, in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  Find the complete list of audition tour sites and dates at http://www.pbt.org/pittsburgh-ballet-theatre-school/audition-tour.