Artist Spotlight: Alejandro Diaz

The Man Behind the Mask


Behind the flowing fur and powerful jaws, PBT Soloist Alejandro Diaz has found empathy and understanding for the misunderstood hero he'll portray in PBT's brand-new fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast. Here, Alejandro shares his secrets to humanizing the man beneath the intimidating exterior.

En Pointe for The Nutcracker

Caitlin Peabody Preps Rotating Cast of Pointe Shoes

This Nutcracker season, Corps de Ballet dancer Caitlin Peabody will take the stage for 24 performances, perform 13 roles and dance through at least seven pairs of pointe shoes. Whether it's a hard toe for Sugarplum or a soft fit for snowflakes, Caitlin customizes her shoes to fit the choreography of the characters that she'll portray.

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Visits Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Dec. 17, Program

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.

Artist Spotlight: Alexandra Kochis

Nutcracker Reflections

By PBT Principal Alexandra Kochis

The holidays are a time of ritual and tradition for all of us and, as dancers, performing The Nutcracker is not an exception to that rule but rather a personification of it, I would say.

PBT Soloists Ranked on Pointe Magazine’s Top 10 Standout Performances of 2014

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.”

Artist Spotlight: Olivia Kelly

Olivia's Top 5 Reasons to See "The Nutcracker"


Top-played song on your IPod right now? Hozier – Someone New

I started dancing at age… 10

Family: “I am an only child. However my dog, Lilly, is considered a sibling just as much as I am.”

Hometown: “Cincinnati. But my parents live in Arizona right now.”

Recipe: Caitlin Peabody's Thanksgiving Favorite

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.

PBT Pilots Adaptive Dance Classes for Students with Autism

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.

Artist Spotlight: Danielle Downey

Check Out Her Stage Makeup Routine



Top-played song on your iPod right now: Meghan Trainor’s "All about that bass" & Taylor Swift’s "Shake it off" (Usually top hits and always some country!)

I started dancing at age: Six

Family: Mom, Dad, brother and sister

Hometown: Erie, Pa.

Artist Spotlight: Meet PBT's New Male Dancers

As they prepare for their main-stage debut in The Sleeping Beauty next month, PBT is welcoming three new male company members to the corps de ballet. Get to know them here!

(Also, if you missed it last month, get to know PBT's newest ballerinas, Michaela King and Marisa Grywalski here.)