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Monday, June 29, 2020

Ahead of retirement, Terrence Orr reflects reflects on accomplished career at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After more than 23 years at the helm of the company, Terrence Orr, 77, will retire from the role at the end of June.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Dance studios get creative with recitals, classes in green phase by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For the first time since mid-March, local dance studios are permitted to reopen for recitals, in-person classes and other activities.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pittsburgh Dance Council delays start of season until January by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Dance Council plans to stay dark this fall and resume in-person programming in January 2021.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Diverse dance legends, emerging artists celebrated in Point Park dancers' 2020-21 season by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Next season also features a resurgence of the residency program with Dancing Wheels and Paul Taylor Dance Co. at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. 

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

New director navigates Kelly Strayhorn Theater in a pandemic by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joseph Hall accepted the job in January and started it in early March. A week later, COVID-19 closures and cancelations started to unfold.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

PBT announces updated lineup, dancer promotions for 2020-21 season by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PBT has made changes to its next season’s schedule to accommodate programs that were postponed this season due to COVID-19.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Colleges move dance classes online in response to COVID-19 by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How do you teach dance students sheltering in place? Local universities get creative with virtual classes.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

PBT's new artistic director is former principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Susan Jaffe will succeed Terrence Orr, who announced last year that he’ll retire this summer after 23 years as PBT’s artistic director.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

COVID-19 prompts Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to cancel NYC shows, postpone season closer by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The news came on the heels of PBT postponing its March production, "Here + Now" at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham earns spot on Dance Magazine's list of top works from last 20 years by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kyle Abraham, a product of Pittsburgh CAPA and Pittsburgh CLO, earned a spot on the list for his 2012 show “Pavement.”

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Pittsburgh Dance Week plans to go digital in wake of COVID-19 outbreak by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Dance Week plans to swap the stage for computer screens when it returns April 5 to 11. 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Black choreographers celebrated in PBT's 'Here + Now' by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The mixed repertory program features works by living luminaries, including two with local ties.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Pittsburgh startup Minding the Gap on a mission to improve mental health in dance by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The nonprofit will hold its first dancer wellness fair March 8 at Point Park University. 

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Cuba's Malpaso Dance Co. restages dance work premiered 34 years ago in Pittsburgh by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Malpaso Dance Co. — Cuba’s premier independent contemporary dance company -— will headline its first Pittsburgh Dance Council program.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

PBT plans fan favorites, local premieres for 2020-21 season by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 51st season, which kicks off in October, is the last one planned by artistic director Terrence Orr.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

A beast of a role: Dancers navigate tricky costumes, choreography in PBT's 'Beauty and the Beast' by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Part of this ballet’s charm is its fantastic costumes, particularly the one worn by the dancers cast as the commanding, grisly beast. 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Pittsburgh dancers celebrate NACHMO — National Choreography Month — with social media challenge by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NACHMO tasks artists with using daily prompts on social media as catalysts for creating a short dance work by the end of January.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Joseph Hall named as Kelly Strayhorn Theater director by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joseph Hall started as an intern at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and now succeeds Janera Solomon as its new executive director. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sarah Reich taps into town for Dance Council show at Greer Cabaret Theater by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This is the first time tap dance will headline a Dance Council show since Michelle Dorrance appeared at Byham Theater in the 2015-16 season.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

On the Arts: Which nights sell best for Pittsburgh’s cultural organizations? by Jeremy Reynolds and Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Whether you prefer a full house or more legroom, here’s a quick guide on which cultural institutions’ performance days tend to fill fastest.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Best of dance in Pittsburgh in 2019 by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The year was packed with performances that entertained, enchanted, educated and enlightened audiences in all sorts of ways.

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What it's like to watch PBT's 'Nutcracker' from the stage by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dance writer Sara Bauknecht shares what it’s like to be on stage during the party scene in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.”

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Attack Theatre celebrates 25th anniversary with everything and 'The Kitchen Sink' by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The Kitchen Sink” will feature new and “reimagined works” accompanied by a stellar lineup of musicians and a vocalist at the New Hazlett.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Dancers to make 'Path of Miracles' inside Trinity Cathedral by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ODC/Dance will present five performances inside Trinity Cathedral as part of Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2019-20 season.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Glue Factory Project dancers take on #MeToo by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The World as We Know It -- by 6 Women of a Certain Age" features six solos woven together with choreography by Beth Corning. 

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Monday, October 21, 2019

PBT artistic director and principal dancer saying goodbye with 'Giselle' by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre gets ready to say goodbye to artistic director Terrence Orr and principal Luca Sbrizzi as it marks 50 years.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

10 dance groups and artists making a splash on stage this season by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There’s always lots to do and see this time of year, but this time around, it seems like there are even more dance shows than ever before. 

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Why did dance take a big step in Pittsburgh 50 years ago? by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What exactly was happening in Pittsburgh's cultural landscape in 1969 that sparked the creation of two of its biggest forces in dance?

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Pittsburgh dance community scolds 'Good Morning America' anchor Lara Spencer for Prince George ballet joke by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Lara Spencer’s comments have prompted an eruption of criticism on social media, including from those with ties to Pittsburgh’s dance scene.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CMU professor, slowdanger create dance you can feel by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Slowdanger has been on a mission to develop a multi-sensory dance experience that can be seen, heard and, yes, touched.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

New dance show explores what it means to be queer and Jewish by Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Queer, Jewish,” which premieres Thursday, is the latest evening-length work by Pittsburgh-based choreographer Moriah Ella Mason. 

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