Ballet

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Ballet is often praised for its precision, strong dancers and hypnotic music. But one thing that’s often overlooked is the costume department.

“Well, when you’re dancing, you have a certain structure about your dancing,” said Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Amanda Cochrane. “But when you put on those costumes, it really helps to bring out the artistry in your dancing. It makes you – puts your into character.”

Those costumes help bring the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s productions to life.

Hannah Altman

Since she was two, Alexandra Bodnarchuk wanted to dance.  

What's the Big 'Dill?' Social Club July 17

Jul 16, 2015

This weekend's events are kind of a big "dill" since PicklesBurgh comes to town. Events include demonstrations from chefs, live music and pickle themed food and games, including a pickle juice drinking competition. The free event will be held on Friday evening and all day Saturday on the Rachel Carson Bridge.

As the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced Thursday it would be entering the public phase of a $20 million school expansion project as it prepares to end its 45th season.

So far, PBT has raised $13.6 million in an effort to expand its campus in the Strip District and Lawrenceville, grow its $8 million endowment by 50 percent and establish an innovation fund to keep programs and performances going.

For Two Cuban Dancers, a New Life in the U.S.

Jul 24, 2014
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It’s early on a sunny summer morning and Damien Martinez Coro is leading a group of young ballerinas through a rigorous dance routine at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh. 

As he moves through the studio, he keeps time by snapping his fingers while yelling commands and adjusting the girls’ forms.

The dance school in Bethel Park is a far reach from his hometown of Matanzas, Cuba.