Dance Beat: PBT Ball, Bill T., Laurel Ballet

RHAPSODY IN BLUE. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre moved over to the Westin Convention Center for its latest ball, Pointe in Time. Richard Parsakian spun his magic in the entrance with a great display of Gershwin Era memorabilia and clothing. As usual the performances separated this from the usual benefit fare, with snippets from the upcoming season, including George Balanchine’s “Valse Fantaisie,” Ben Stevenson’s “Dracula,” Viktor Plotnikov’s new Gershwin ballet and the grand pas de deux from “The Nutcracker.” Attendees enthusiastically got into the act with their own dancing to Gary Racan and the studio e band.

A THING GOING ON. Bard College scored big in a package deal with Bill T. Jones, part of an ongoing partnership. On Dec. 1, only days before the two-time Tony Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” is scheduled to be a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, the choreographer will visit the college campus for a pair of attractions. The first, “Making and Doing” invites the audience to “view, critique and discuss” three student compositional projects with both the students and Mr. Jones. It will be followed by “Thought and Action,” including a solo improvisation called “Floating the Tongue.” For more information, go to

GIVING BACK. Laurel Ballet is participating in Westmoreland Gives Day of Giving on Dec. 1. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the company will receive all donations plus a portion of the $100,000 pool. For more info, click on Westmoreland Gives.

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