Dance Beat: PBT, Rockettes and River City Update

Photo by Rich Sofranko Taking a Break? Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is heading down to Hilton Head Island January 14 and 15 thanks to former board member Fred Beard and his wife, Dottie. But that doesn’t just mean two days of fun in the sun for 18 of the company members. Fred and Dottie are underwriting a pair of performances at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, with a program featuring Raymonda Variations, Sylvia Pas de Deux and Dwight Rhoden’s Step Touch and Ave Maria, That might mean a healthy glow for PBT’s upcoming Uncommon at the August Wilson Center in February.

Kickin’ It. Do you have big dance dreams? Well, they don’t get much bigger than Radio City Music Hall and the world-famous Rockettes. So if you hanker for precision and eye-high kicks, dance your way over to the Benedum Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. where they are holding auditions for the Rockettes Summer Intensive, scheduled for June 23-August 3 at the afore-mentioned Radio City in New York. “The Rockettes Summer Intensive is a pivotal program for serious dancers who want to gain the training and technique of the Rockettes precision dance style,” said Eileen Grand, Rockettes Director and Choreographer. “Our dance education programs are invaluable for dancers and one of the best training tools for these talented Rockette hopefuls who strive to become part of the legendary dance company. For more information and other cities, visit

New York Update. It looks like River City Arts Management had a successful series of showcases at the APAP conference in the Big Apple, with groups like August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. Linda Reznik posted an SRO on her Facebook page.

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