One of the most striking sequences for the Swan Queen is her series of 32 fouettes in Act III of Swan Lake. To do a fouette (meaning “to whip” in French), a ballerina whips one leg in a circular motion to the side and then into a passe while turning and rising on and off of pointe on the standing leg.
Odette/Odile may be the iconic role of Swan Lake, but the ethereal aura of the corps de ballet commands its share of the spotlight with some of ballet's most famous ensembles scenes. “You very much become bonded as girls in the corps of Swan Lake, and that’s a rewarding feeling,” said PBT's Caitlin Peabody who talks in this Artist Spotlight interview about transcending the challenge and creating corps chemistry. Read more about Caitlin and her thoughts on Swan Lake here:
Sophie Silnicki Joins Only 10 U.S. Dancers Compete in Switzerland’s 2014 Prix de Lausanne
PBT School student Sophie Sea Silnicki, 16, is one of only seven female dancers from the United States selected to compete in Switzerland’s 42nd Annual Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, 2014.
Former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Recognized for Enduring Ballet Career
Described by Dance Magazine as “Balanchine’s allegro ballerina,” Patricia Wilde, former New York City Ballet principal dancer and former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director of 15 years, is one of five 2013 Dance Magazine Award recipients to be honored on Dec. 9, at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City.
Uplifting Gift Ideas for the Dance Lover in Your Life!
PBT has plenty of suggestions for ballet aficionado on your gift list this holiday season. Whether it's tickets to a show, a dance class at PBT, or a fun souvenir, you can get ahead on your Christmas shopping list with this helpful PBT Gift Guide.