Hometown: Ipswich, England Years with PBT: First-year dancer Backstage Ritual: I always make sure I get a nap in before a show and eat something good for lunch. I’m not too superstitious or anything like that, I just make sure to warm up well. Top-played song on your iPod: “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Avicii
In Their Own Words: Four Dancers Describe "An Evening of Twyla Tharp"
Packed with big names in entertainment, athletic intensity and artistic innovation, PBT's 2013-2014 Season opener "An Evening of Twyla Tharp" is among the most anticipated productions of the season for PBT company dancers. Here, four PBT dancers describe the artistic impact in their own words.
This weekend, Alyssa Herzog Melby, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, received the 2013 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Award for Emerging Leaders for her dedication to advancing accessibility among ballet patrons with special needs.
L to R: Casey Taylor, the dance instructor, Casey's older sister Alex, and the drummer
While visiting her sister in Africa this month, PBT dancer Casey Taylor made time for multicultural movement with an African dance class that she'll "remember for the rest of her life." Read more of her reflections on the movement and other tidbits from the trip in the following blog post.
For the full-time high school students of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the school day differs from the typical morning to afternoon academics and evening extra-curriculars. With a full-day medley of studio and school work, PBT School’s high school students have learned to apply a ballet dancer’s poise to balancing both academic and artistic training.
Here, PBT School graduating seniors Ellie Morris, Carolyn Meder and Will Robichaud reflect on dancing through high school and integrating ballet into their post-graduate plans.