The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performs numerous ballets each season. Here are some tips from ballet Principals Christopher Budzynski and Alexandrea Kochis for how to get the most out of your trip to the ballet.
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201-1500
(412) 281-0360

Principals Kochis and Budzynski recommend that ballet attendees read the show synopsis in the program before the start of an unfamiliar performance in order to become acquainted with the story. They also recommend the following audience enrichment programs, which add extra insight into the ballet performances.


This informative program occurs before Saturday evening performances and gives an inside look at the work involved in putting on the production. A variety of people including the director, costumers, and dancers may explain their roles in the production. “Insights” is included in your ticket price.


This program occurs after Friday evening performances and is a thoughtful discussion of the performance. “Afterthoughts” is led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr and other ballet theatre artists. This program is included in your ticket price.


This program, led by Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, occurs before Sunday matinees. The director discusses his opinions about the ballet and dancers, and the audience has the opportunity to watch the company warm up before the performance. “Talks with Terry” is included in your ticket price.

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This child-friendly program involves an interactive discussion and demonstration of the production. It occurs before Saturday matinees. Reservations are required.

Dates and further information for these audience enrichment events can be found on the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre website.


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