Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School to Host Audition for Intensive Summer Training Program


 PITTSBURGH, PA  –  Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School invites advanced ballet students to audition on Jan. 28, for its five-week Intensive Summer Program, an immersive training experience designed for students interested in pursuing careers in dance.  

Registration opens at 1 p.m. and the audition starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. at PBT Studios, 2900 Liberty Avenue, in the Strip District. Students can find audition guidelines at www.pbt.org.

The five-week program – held from June 26, to July 29, –  offers talented dancers a wide-ranging curriculum of ballet technique, partnering, pointe, repertoire, jazz and modern dance led by resident and guest instructors with extensive professional dance experience. The program welcomes students age 12 and older.

The Pittsburgh audition is part of a nation-wide audition tour that kicked off the first week of January. By Feb. 5, the school’s artistic team will visit 34 cities and 20 states and audition as many 800 prospective students. The school also held an audition in Osaka, Japan, in August and awarded invitations to students from international ballet competitions in Japan and Taiwan.

PBT School will recruit more than 200 students to live and train in Pittsburgh this summer. The majority of students come from out of state, and PBT School also welcomes a number of international students who audition by video or on-site at the Japan Grand Prix.

Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, ISP students attend classes six days a week and take workshops on nutrition, choreography, injury prevention and the psychology of dance. PBT School offers students housing at its student residence, Byham House, in Lawrenceville as well as Chatham University residence halls.

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The tour also auditions students for PBT School’s “Company Experience ” workshop in June and for its 2017-2018 Pre-professional Program, which runs from September to May.

The Company Experience workshop, June 12-23, offers a select group of pre-professional dancers, ages 16 and up, the chance to preview what it’s like to be part of a professional company and learn choreography from PBT dancers, artistic staff and choreographers.

PBT School’s year-round Pre-professional Program is recognized as one of the nation’s finest for professional-track dancers. Admission is by audition only, and the curriculum includes 25-30 hours of ballet training per week. Students come from around the country and internationally to attend the program each year, and more than 50 percent of PBT’s professional company dancers are alumni.

About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Under the direction of PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and School Co-Directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, PBT School provides a diverse dance curriculum to more than 1,000 students annually across its Children’s, Student, Pre-Professional and Adult Community Divisions.  Ranging from pre-ballet to Pre-professional, PBT School fosters the expression, discipline and joy of ballet at every level and cultivates the next generation of professional dancers. Strengthened by daily exposure to the professional company, PBT School students experience training that extends from the studio to main-stage performance opportunities in PBT productions at the Benedum Center. 

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