Amazing dance can reveal not just the beauty of the human body but also stir emotions. Here’s a rundown of some of the top troupes in town.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

2900 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 281-0360

If you’re in the mood for classical ballet, look no further than PBT. Just because it’s classical ballet doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in innovation. Their 2010-11 season features productions of Dracula, the Three Musketeers, a Gershwin Fantasy as well as classics like The Nutcracker and an all-Balanchine production including performances of Agon and The Prodigal Son. Formed in 1969, the PBT’s acclaimed performances are a vital part of Pittsburgh’s cultural scene.


Dance Alloy

5530 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 363- 4321

Dance Alloy is proud of its role as the largest provider of dance education in Pittsburgh’s public schools. Focusing on modern dance, the company was founded in 1976 with eight dancers. Over the years, they’ve managed to expand their reach, and now have roughly 5,000 “students of all ages” (as they put it) in the Pittsburgh area.


Duquesne University Tamburitzans

600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

Formed in 1937, the Tamburitzans are proud to be America’s longest-running multicultural song and dance troupe. Their focus is on Eastern European folk cultures – indeed the name of their group comes from the tamburitza musical instrument. The company is made up of full-time students who have a busy touring schedule.


Pittsburgh Dance Council

The Pittsburgh Dance Council works to bring top-level dance companies to Pittsburgh. It’s part of the non-profit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. This season they’re presenting Pilobolus – one of the nation’s foremost “outsider” dance companies (which has since become an institution) – and Tango Fire, celebrating Argentina’s music and dance. Watch for other performances as well.