Pennsylvania Ballet at 50

Premieres Friday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. on WHYY-TV

Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 showcases one of Philadelphia’s cultural treasures, Pennsylvania Ballet, and honors the company’s golden anniversary. The program, featuring three very different signature ballets, premieres nationwide Friday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. on WHYY-TV.

The one-hour show features the company’s 50th anniversary celebration performance from October 2013 at Philadelphia’s historic Academy of Music. Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 highlights spectacular performances alongside exclusive interviews with Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet founder, and Roy Kaiser, artistic director of the company.

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Professional ballerinas achieve incredible feats of athleticism and beauty. For each one of them are thousands of people who took classes every week and dreamed of being a professional dancer. To celebrate those people, we invite you to share pictures of tutus and tap shoes using the tag #FormerBunhead on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Click here to see submissions so far »



Pennsylvania Ballet at 50 was made possible, in part, by the following:

PBS | Joseph and Marie Field | The Pew Charitable Trusts | Ford Foundation | Elizabeth R. Moran | Janet and James Averill | Harry and Kay Halloran | Leslie Miller and Richard Worley | Independence Blue Cross | Waterman II Fund through 
The Philadelphia Foundation | Anne M. & Phillip H. Glatfelter III Family 
Foundation | The Mark David and Anne Kupferberg Pepper Family Foundation | Louise H. and Alan L. Reed | The Philadelphia Foundation | Sarah Coulson | Beth Ounsworth | William Loeb | R. K. Mellon Family Foundation | Kathy and Gary Anderson | Mary Bert Gutman | Aqua America, Inc. | Richard P. Brown, Jr.


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