Stepping Into the Role

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Company Experience gives aspiring professionals a taste of the ballet life. Arantxa Ochoa coaches students with the intensity of a ballet mistress. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy PAB A group of young women in colorful ballet skirts waits quietly for Arantxa Ochoa to start. The director of The School of […]

What's the True Cost of 10 Lords-a-Leaping?

Just how expensive would it be to surprise your friends with 10 lords-a-leaping for the holidays? If the performers are men from Pennsylvania Ballet, it would cost exactly $5,508.70. While it would be much easier (and cheaper) to catch a run of PA Ballet’s Nutcracker, the high price tag is reason for dancers to celebrate. Why? Over […]

2015 Summer Study Guide: Considering Choreography

Could an intensive’s repertoire offerings be the key to your summer growth? Students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet. Ballet students live for “aha” moments, those little revelations that change the way you dance. And surprisingly often, those moments come outside of technique class, when you’re pushing yourself […]

On the Rise: Lillian Di Piazza

The Pennsylvania Ballet soloist transforms for classical and contemporary roles alike. Di Piazza in Coppélia. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet. With an easy elegance, 24-year-old Lillian Di Piazza gravitates to lyrical roles. But she’ll take on any challenge. Promoted last season from the corps to soloist, she shifts from percussive jazziness to supple […]

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