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Since its inception in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has been at the forefront of dance in America and is widely regarded as one of the premier ballet companies in the country. Over the past four decades the Company has forged the unique identity for which it is still known today: a diverse repertoire performed by versatile dancers whose energy and exuberance are the Company's enduring signature.
Drawing its audiences from throughout the tri-state region, Pennsylvania Ballet presents its season in Philadelphia, including the holiday spectacular, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, balancing classic ballets with new works that challenge the dancers and attract a diverse audience. The Company also tours throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in other locations in the Northeastern U.S. including its November 2007 return to City Center in Manhattan; and its International Debut at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2005. Under the artistic leadership of Roy Kaiser, the Company is commited to presenting new works, recently naming Matthew Neenan Choreographer in Residence to demonstrate its commitment to the art form.
Over the past several years, Pennsylvania Ballet has enhanced its artistic integrity while continually increasing its reach and strengthening its foundation through creative programming; initiatives such as the Family Matinee Series and Prologue Lecture Series; and a collection of educational and outreach programs titled Accent on Dance. In 2002, Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Joyce and Herbert Kean Trainee Program was formed as a pre-professional training company and as an additional component for outreach programs. Pennsylvania Ballet continues to stretch its own boundaries, reinforcing its reputation for artistic excellence and technical virtuosity, and fulfilling its mission to present the best in American dance.