Popular PBS Program Heads behind the Scenes of “The Nutcracker” with Principal Alexandra Kochis
PBS’ hit children’s program Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will head behind the scenes of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker on its Dec. 17, episode, following Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis as she prepares to dance the role of the Sugarplum Fairy. The segment airs locally on WQED at 9 a.m. Dec. 17.
Gabrielle Thurlow & Luca Sbrizzi to Co-Star on “The Nutcracker” Opening Night
Pointe Magazine has ranked Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre soloists Gabrielle Thurlow and Luca Sbrizzi on its Top 10 Standout Performances of 2014 for their exuberant dancing in PBT’s April production of “Don Quixote.”
For Corps de Ballet dancer Caitlin Peabody, the perfect Thanksgiving blurs the line between holidays. "The parade is on from start to finish," she said, adding that she'll accompany it with coffee and maybe even a mimosa in the morning. The traditional day also includes an obligatory viewing of The Miracle on 31st Street.
From the viewing window in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre lobby, parents watch their children take center-studio. From barre to center exercises, the students are moving through a classic ballet class, but this group of students is actually part of a unique new series.
In collaboration with Autism Connection of PA, PBT piloted an adaptive dance class series this month for middle-and-high-school students with autism spectrum disorders. The classes, based on modified choreography from The Nutcracker, feature a live pianist, adjusted lighting and adapted teaching methods.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre opens its 45th Anniversary Season with one of the greatest fairy tale classics of all time, “The Sleeping Beauty” with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, onstage for four performances Oct. 24-26, at the Benedum Center.
PBT fans may have spotted them onstage as pre-professional performers in company performances of The Nutcrackeror Swan Lake, but now Michaela King and Marisa Grywalski have joined the official company roster as the newest females of the corps de ballet. And, stay tuned to learn more about PBT's newest male dancers!