Who’s raising the bar(re) in Pittsburgh dance in 2016

Who’s raising the bar(re) in Pittsburgh dance in 2016

By Sara Bauknecht / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Photo by Duane Rieder Paging through a recent issue of Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit or some other national performing arts publication, you’ll likely come across more than one mention of Pittsburgh connection. The city has become a hotbed for dance in recent years, both as a producer of homegrown talent and as a presenter of performers and choreographers from around the world. For starters, this region has produced Kyle Abraham, a Lincoln-Larimer native and 2013 MacArthur Fellow who heads his own New York City-based dance company, and Murrysville’s Maddie Ziegler, one of the stars of...

Young Pittsburgh dance companies striving to succeed

Young Pittsburgh dance companies striving to succeed

  Exhalations Dance Theatre Katie Mann and Lea Fosbenner grew up loving and studying dance and didn’t want to let that part of their lives go once they went to college for something else. When they met at Duquesne University, there were no outlets there for them to continue dancing while earning their degrees, so Ms. Mann founded a campus dance group so student dancers could continue with their craft while in school. Five years later and now college graduates — Ms. Mann is a pharmacist and Ms. Fosbenner works for PNC Bank — the pair has transformed their student...

Pittsburgh Exhalations Dance Theatre Presents The Choreography Project 2015

Pittsburgh Exhalations Dance Theatre Presents The Choreography Project 2015

By Stephanie Barchetti February 2, 2015 February 21st and 22nd, Exhalations Dance Theatre will ignite the stage of Kelly Strayhorn Theater with the company’s unified passion of dance. Presenting the third annual Choreography Project, and the first ever as a professional company, the Exhalations Dance Theatre brings together 25 dancers in a melting pot of talent and choreography. Exhalations Dance Theatre lures the audience into the minds of their dancers. Inspired by unique experiences, the choreographers come together to merge these ideas resulting in a passionate, expressive production. The explosive, talented message of the dancers comes across through mostly contemporary choreography with one tap number. The company...