Pennsylvania Ballet

More than 50 years of breathtaking performances

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Captivating and inspiring, the Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies.

The Pennsylvania Ballet remains dedicated to furthering classical traditions while also embracing more eclectic programming and choreographic commissioning promises to bring ballet in Philadelphia into the 21st century.

Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

Since the Ballet’s inception in 1963, the company has performed works by reputable choreographers such as Jerome Robbins, Christopher d’Amboise, David Parsons, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, and Twyla Tharp.

The History

Founded in 1963 by Balanchine protégé Barbara Weisberger, the Pennsylvania Ballet was helmed by esteemed artistic directors Benjamin Harkarvy in the ’70s, Robert Weiss in the ’80s and Christopher d’Amboise in the ’90s. The present artistic director is Angel Corella.

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