The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company's mission is to train, inspire, and nurture young dancers towards artistic excellence, perform works by choreographic masters and emerging choreographers, and to bring the art of dance, through outreach efforts, to new multi-generational audiences.
Other Performance Opportunites
Other opportunities include performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in their Holiday Concerts at Heinz Hall and Fiddlesticks Concert Series, Pittsburgh Dance Festival, First Night, The Choreographers Continuum, as an Honor Company with Regional Dance America, The Irish Festival, The International Folk Festival, and most recently a collaboration of The Nutcracker with the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Orchestra, Downtown Pittsburgh. The PYB Company has performed their popular Nutcracker to sold out audiences throughout the United States, from Florida to New York, and internationally in Austria and Germany.
In 2007, the PYB Company was invited to perform at the Tanzsommer Festival in Innsbruck, Austria, which included performances in Venice, Italy and Germany.
Many PYB Company Outreach performances benefit children as well as senior citizens in Allegheny County and beyond in such venues as The Pittsburgh Zoo, Carnegie Music Hall, the Mon Valley Performance series and Camp Laugh-A-Lot. Also, free performances include numerous school demonstrations, Senior Citizen Nursing Homes and Children’s Hospital, to name a few.
Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company has been honored to receive the licenses from The George Balanchine Trust© to perform Concerto Barocco, Who Cares?, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Valse Fantasie, Tarantella as well as excerpts from Stars and Stripes, Harlequinade, Raymonda Variations, Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, and Anthony Tudor’s Continuo. In addition, the PYB Company’s repertoire includes the ballet classics: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, Coppélia, and Les Sylphides.
This exceptional repertoire inspires our dancers and audiences and has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Rockwell Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Guild, among others.
Our repertoire also includes newly commissioned works such as PYB’s own original story ballet, Who Owns the Sun?, narrated by James Earl Jones. Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company showcased world premiers from a gamut of talented choreographers, from the internationally acclaimed Daryl Gray’s Signatures and Good Gracious Gershwin to Paul Abrahamson’s interpretive Already it is Dusk to Ruth Leney-Midkiff’s imaginative Winston, Figurations, Bonnie Wi’Thyme.
Nearly 95% of all costumes are furnished by the PYB Company.