One of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Its eclectic style and irrepressible energy have been shaped by four distinguished artistic directors over four decades. In the 1980s, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Patricia Wilde led the Company to new heights and national acclaim with an emphasis on virtuosic technique and works by the modern masters, including her mentor, George Balanchine. Since 1997, the Company has flourished under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, former American Ballet Theatre ballet master and principal dancer. Mr. Orr has created a powerful repertoire, including fresh versions of traditional ballets, original works commissioned to contemporary American music and dramatic works that push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT audiences discover the passion and joy of ballet.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is a community based and internationally recognized professional ballet company that performs traditional and contemporary ballets and develops innovative works. It seeks to perpetuate excellence in the art of ballet through performances, superior training of student dancers and community engagement initiatives.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Education programs serve a variety of populations throughout Pittsburgh from age 2-adult. Our Creative Movement programs in Pittsburgh Public Schools work with pre-K to 2nd grade in Pittsburgh’s most underserved areas, including Homewood, the North Side, and the West End. Our In Step instructional performances are geared towards grades pre-K to 12. Student matinees attract youth grades 3-12 from all over Western Pennsylvania, Easter Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School trains the next generation of ballet dancers and lovers from age 2-adult at our studios in the Strip District. Pre-professional students ages 14-22 come to train at PBTS from all over the world before going on to careers in professional companies and dance organizations.