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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform at Penn State Fayette May 6

4/20/2010 —
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is returning to Fayette County with a special performance Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The event will make the audience want to dance as the ballet company performs to music with which many will have a personal connection.

The performance is a mixed repertoire of two ballet works, including:
  •  “Company B”—Set to the swinging tunes of the Andrews Sisters, this work moves beyond simple nostalgia. Choreographer Paul Taylor explores World War II America through the social dances of the 1940s and creates a work that captures the emotion of “The Greatest Generation.”
  •  “Step Touch”—Classic songs, such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and “This Magic Moment,” are featured in this work that showcases doo wop favorites. The vocal harmonies of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters and Pure Gold merge with the dynamic choreography of Dwight Rhoden in such a way that will make everyone tap their toes.

Immediately following the performance, the audience is welcome to a reception to meet and talk with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancers.

In addition to the May 6 performance, to enhance the experience for local ballet students, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will be offering special master classes on Saturday, April 24, featuring the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer Erin Halloran and soloist Christine Schwaner.

The ballet performance and master classes are made possible by the generous support of the Eberly Foundation. Joe Segilia, director of Outreach at Penn State Fayette, says, “When the Eberly Foundation brought the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to Penn State Fayette two years ago, there was a great response from the community. Dozens of local students took advantage of the opportunity for master classes, and the ballet performance was very well attended. Knowing the community’s desire to experience and enjoy top-notch cultural events, we are thankful that the Eberly Foundation is sponsoring the ballet’s second visit to Fayette County.”

Tickets for the ballet performance are $20 for adults, $15 for students 13-18 years of age, and $10 for children 12 years of age and under. To purchase ballet tickets or to register for the master classes, call 724-430-4211.


Robert Moore, Eva Trapp and Erin Holloran

From left: Robert Moore, Eva Trapp and Erin Holloran.
(Photo by Duane Rieder and Rich Sofranko.)
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