Meet Barbara Bears | Incoming Rehearsal Director

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) has named Barbara Bears as the organization’s new rehearsal director.  She will be taking over the role formerly held by Marianna Tcherkassky until her retirement in June. Bears was previously a dancer with the Houston Ballet for more than 20 years, including as a principal dancer for 15 of those years. After her retirement, she served as a teacher and coach for Houston Ballet, Houston Ballet 2, and the Ben Stevenson Academy before joining the professional company’s artistic staff as a ballet master in 2016.  Barbara answered a few questions for us to help Pittsburgh audiences get acquainted with her.




What was the first ballet you ever danced in onstage?

The first ballet I danced as a professional was George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. It was my first year with Houston Ballet and the first rep of the

 season. I was an understudy for the 3rd Theme, but due to a last-minute injury, danced the role opening night. I remember being so nervous and excited at the same time. It is definitely a special memory from my early career as a professional.

What are you most excited to do in Pittsburgh?

The Warhol Museum is a must! I also plan to carve out a day and see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water.

What is your guilty pleasure?             

Sweets! I love anything with dark chocolate! 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Being a full-time assistant to my French Bulldog, Po. Kidding aside, I enjoy HIIT training, watching movies, baking, spending time with my family, and long walks with Po.

Where was your favorite vacation spot? 

The Caribbean – I’ve been a certified scuba diver for over 30 years. 

What’s the most memorable day you’ve ever had and why?

The birth of my son. Being a Mom is the greatest gift. 

What was the last song you had stuck in your head?

Typically whatever ballet I happen to working on.   

What are you most looking forward to this season at PBT?

Wow, way too many to list. I’m most excited about working with Adam and the artists of PBT. I’m so excited to be part of this new chapter in PBT’s history. I believe exciting times are ahead.