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.
This weekend, PBT School graduate students perform Balanchine’s sweeping Serenade – his first original ballet in America and a New York City Ballet signature to this day. Many love it above all his works, but few know students comprised the original cast.
During the creation of this work, unexpected rehearsal antics would take on profound effect. Balanchine originally choreographed Serenade in 1934 for students of the School of American Ballet in New York, soon after his arrival in America.
The schedule of a full-time student dancer can rival that of a 9-5 job. Annie Martin, a Lubbock, Texas, native, often needs to be in two places at once. She spends about 40 hours a week at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) and is taking a full 12-credit course load as an English major at the University of Pittsburgh. A recent Tuesday found Martin prepping for roles in PBT School’s spring performances and finishing up final exams. Her passion for storytelling is what gives Martin momentum and inspires her to dance and learn full-time.