Artistic Director Angel Corella with Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet and Board Co-Chair David Hoffman

Donor Events

Dress Rehearsals

(Supporter level - $150 to $249 and above)
Dress rehearsals are fully-staged productions where dancers and artistic staff make their final adjustments before the show opens. Join us at the theater for an exclusive sneak-peek of the upcoming performance! 

  • A gift of $150 to $249 = two admissions (with option to bring a guest) 
  • A gift of $250 to $499 = four admissions (with option to bring a guest) 
  • A gift of $500 and above = six admissions (with option to bring a guest) 

*Visit our Donor Benefits page for more details

All Dress Rehearsals begin promptly at 1:00pm. Lobby doors will open at 12:30pm, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Rehearsals typically last 3 hours, however you may leave the theater during any pause. The attendance of children under the age of 5 is discouraged.  

Please note that we also typically invite school children to Dress Rehearsals. These are Philadelphia-area students who participate in our outreach and education program, Community Engagement - for some of these students, this will be their first time experiencing ballet in a theater setting!


2016/2017  Season Dress Rehearsal Schedule: 

  • Cinderella 

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • Revolution

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1:00pm
Where: Merriam Theater 

  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ®

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • Le Corsaire

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • Romance

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:00pm
Where: Merriam Theater

  • Re/Action

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music 

For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2016/2017 season, please click here.

For more information on benefits, please visit our Donor Benefits page. 

Technical Rehearsals

(Enthusiast level - $250 and above) 

Evening technical rehearsals provide a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing a performance from the studio to the stage. While the dancers rehearse, the lighting, sound and other technical processes involved in staging the production are tested. Before the rehearsal, join us for a wine and cheese reception in the theater lobby. 

  • A gift of $250 = two invitations (with option to bring a guest) 

Doors open at 6:30pm and donors are encouraged to enjoy refreshments until rehearsal begins at 7:00pm. The rehearsal typically lasts 3 hours, however, you may leave the theater during any pause. The attendance of children under the age of 5 is discouraged. 

2016/2017 Season Technical Rehearsal and Reception Schedule: 

  • Revolution 

When:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:30pm
Where: Merriam Theater

  • Romance

When:  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Merriam Theater

For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet's 2016/2017 season, please click here. 

For more information on benefits, please visit our Donor Benfits page. 


Pennsylvania Ballet Panel Discussion and Reception 

(Aficionado leve - $1,000 and above) 

This members-only lecture series offers scholarly discussions about dance with members of Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic staff and cultural leaders from the Philadelphia area. Curated discussion topics have included musical accompaniment and visual collaborations, while featuring speakers such as Former Principal Dancer Martha Chamberlain, Solo pianist Martha Koenman and notable dance scholars including Linda Caruso Haviland from Bryn Mawr College. 


2016/2017 Season Panel Discussion and Reception:

  • Dancer Wellness, Injury Prevention and Injury Rehabilitation
    When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Where: College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadlephia 

*For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet's 2016/2017 Season, please click here

*For more information on benefits, please visit our Donor Benefits page. 


(Ballet Champion level- $1,500 and above)

This ultimate behind-the-scenes experience offers a glimpse of a typical day with our dancers. Watch as the dancers rehearse for upcoming performances and receive coaching from members of the artistic staff. 

Studio visits must be arranged with development staff on a mutally agreeable date. Please contact the Development Department for assistance. 

Other Events

Special Events

Fall Gala

Join Pennsylvania Ballet for a specatcular black-tie event celebrating the start of our 53rd Season. This year's gala theme, Princess and Pirates, is inspired by the two full-length ballets scheduled for the upcoming season - the most enduring fairytale of all-time, Ben Stevenson's Cinderella and Artistic Director Angel Corella's take on the highly popular pirate themed Le Corsaire. Don't miss out on your opportunity to dance with our dancers at the elegant Union League. Visit for tickets and information.

  • When: Friday, Ocotber 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Where: The Union Leauge of Philadelphia 
  • Ticket Required

Chairs: Charlotte and Jason Pride
Vice Chairs: Brad Richards and David Schellenberg
Young Friends Chairs: Alexandra Noll and Matthew Venanzi 

Nutcracker Magic

Children of all ages will enjoy this unique family party and luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Bellevue followed by a matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®. The enchanted afternoon will feature holiday crafts, entertainers, and performers from the production and you'll get a change to learn a dance from the ballet! Visit for tickets and information. 

  • When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Party and Luncheon at Hyatt at the Bellevue at 12:00pm
  • Performance at the Academy of Music at 2:00pm
  • Ticket Required


Nutcracker Teas with the Sugarplum Fairy

Join the Sugarplum Fairy in the ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel, across the street from the Academy of Music. Enjoy a delectable buffet of sandwiches, desserts, tea and hot cocoa, along with the opportunity to take photos with the Sugarplum Fairy - followed by a magical performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®. Ticket and party packages are available for purchase; contact Group Sales at 215.587.6921 for more information. 

  • When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:30pm (Performances at 12:00pm and 5:00pm) 
  • When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:30pm (Performance at 12:00pm and 5:00pm)
  • Tea at the Doubletree Hotel
  • Performance at the Academy of Music
  • Ticket Required


The Art of Coaching
Join Artisitc Director Angel Corella as he demonstrates how coaching can elevate a dancer's performance beyond technical precision to a commanding stage presence. Pennsylvania Ballet dancers will be on hand for this intimate demonstration, giving you an insider's look at the studio rehearsal process. Visit for tickets and information. 

Thursday, January 31, 2017
The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts 
601 S. Broad Street 
Ticket Required


Le Corsaire Premiere Dinner
Be with us on Opening Night as we celebrate the premiere of Angel Corella's Le Corsaire with an elegant dinner in the stunning Academy of Music Ballroom. Your event ticket includes premiere seating at the Opening Night performance. Visit for tickets and information. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Academy of Music Ballroom 
Ticket Required


Dress Rehearsal Luncheon 
Join fellow ballet enthusiasts for a delicious pre-rehearsal luncheon at Estia and hear about life behind the curtain from our guest speaker Ballet Master Charles Askegard. Then cross Locust Street to see the Dress Rehearsal of Re/Action, featuring ballets from choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, and Matthew Neenan, at the Academy of Music. Visit for tickets and information. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Academy of Music Ballroom 
Ticket Required


Recognition Events

Annual Subscriber Party

All 2016/2017 Pennsylvania Ballet subscribers are invited to celebrate the upcoming year at the Doubletree Hotel. Meet and mingle with Company dancers and artistic staff while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, wine and hearing about the fantastic ballets that comprise our 53rd Season. 

  • When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:30 - 9:00pm 
  • Where: The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

10+ Year Donor Recognition

In appreciation for their steadfast support, we will be honoring longtime Pennsylvania Ballet supporters (of 10 consecutive years or more) with an evening reception. This will be an exclusive opportunity to meet and mingle with our Artistic Director and Company dancers. 

  • When: March 28, 2017 from 6:00- 8:00pm
  • Where: The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

 Free Events

Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet

Ever wonder what it's like to be a professional dancer? Find out at Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet! On the week of opening night, Pennsylvania Ballet and their friends at the PCI Library on Rittenhouse Square host an intimate Q&A with a Pennsylvania Ballet dancer. Complimentary wine and cheese provided courtesy of the friends of the PCI Library.

  • Monday, October 3, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:30pm 
  • Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30pm 

All Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet will be held at the Philadelphia City Institute Library at 1905 Locust Street. 



Ignite your passion for dance with Preludes- Pennsylvania Ballet's pre-show discussions. Held in the theater prior to most performances, Preludes is an intimate Q&A with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, artistic staff, and visiting choreographers to discuss the upcoming performance. Preludes begin one hour prior to show time and are free and open to all ticketholders for the performance that follows.

Ormandy Room Refreshments

(Bronze Level - $2,500 and above)

Join our intimate circle of donors, The Leadership Barre Society, in the Ballroom for Prosecco and refreshments while mingling with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. Intermission receptions are held at all performance intermissions at the Academy of Music (excluding performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®)

Prosecco for Ormandy Room receptions provided by Regal Wine Imports. 


Leadership Barre Silver Level Event

(Silver Level - $5,000 and above)

An annual reception held in a private home. Join the artistic staff and Company dancers in honoring our Silver Level ($5,000 and above) Leadership Barre donors. 

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017

For more information, and a complete list of benefits, please visit our Leadership Barre page.