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!


2015-2016 Season Dress Rehearsal Schedule: 

  • Speed and Precision 

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:00pm 
Where: Academy of Music

  • George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™

When: Friday, December 11, 2015 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • Strength and Longing 

When: Thursday, February 4, 2015 at 1:00pm
Where: Merriam Theater

  • Don Quixote

When: Thursday, March 3, 2015 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • A Program of Firsts

When: Thursday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00pm
Where: Academy of Music

  • Balanchine & Beyond 

When: Thursday, June 9, 2015 at 1:00pm
Where: Merriam Theater

For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2015-2016 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. 

2015-2016 Season Technical Rehearsal and Reception Schedule: 

  • Strength and Longing 

When:  Wednesday, February 2, 2015 at 6:30pm
Where: Merriam Theater

  • Balanchine and Beyond

When:  Wednesday, June 8, 2015 at 6:30pm
Where: Merriam Theater

For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet's 2015-2016 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) 

Panel discussions offer an intimate dialogue with members of Pennsylvania Ballet's artistic staff, musicians, and Company dancers. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a panel discussion and concludes with a light dessert reception. Past topics have included musical accompaniment and costuming, and have featured speakers such as Former Principal Dancer Martha Chamberlain, Former Ballet Master Julie Diana, School Director Arantxa Ochoa, and Solo Pianist Martha Koeneman. 

  • A gift of $1,000 to $1,499 = one invitation (with option to bring a guest)
  • A gift of $1,500 and above = two invitations (with option to bring a guest)

2015-2016 Season Panel Discussion and Reception Schedule: 

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
    Locks Gallery
  • Spring, TBD

*For more information on Pennsylvania Ballet's 2015-2016 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 this spectacular black-tie, Spanish inspired evening celebrating the start of Artistic Director Angel Corella's first hand-picked season and the Company Premiere of Don Quixote in March 2016. Don't miss out on your opportunity to dance with our dancers at the elegant Union League. Visit our Special Events page for tickets and more information. 

  • When: Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Where: The Union Leauge of Philadelphia 
  • Ticket Required

Fashion at the Barre
Fashion Show & Cocktails with Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet 

Join Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet for cocktails, refreshments, and private shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. The evening will feature an exclusive fashion show with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers modeling the latest in men's and women's fashion. Visit our Speical Events page for tickets and more information.

  • When: Friday, November 6, 2015
  • When: Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
  • Ticket Required


Nutcracker Magic

Children of all ages will enjoy this exclusive 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 chance to learn a dance from the ballet! Visit our Special Events page for tickets and more information. 

  • When: Saturday, December 12, 2015 
  • Party and Luncheon at Hyatt at the Bellevue 
  • Performance at the Academy of Music 
  • 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; visit Nutcracker Teas page for more information. 

  • When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:30pm (Performances at 12:00pm and 5:00pm) 
  • When: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 12:00pm (Performance at 2:00pm)
  • Tea at the Doubletree Hotel
  • Performance at the Academy of Music
  • Ticket Required

Don Quixote Opening Night Party

Be with us on Opening Night as we celebrate the World Premiere of Angel Corella's Don Quixote with an elegant dinner in the stunning Academy of Music Ballroom. Your event ticket includes a ticket to the Opening Night performance. Visit our Special Events page for tickets and more information. 

  • When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
  • Where: Academy of Music Ballroom
  • Ticket Required

Recognition Events

Annual Subscriber Party

All 2015-2016 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 52nd Season. For more information, call 215.587.6939 or email

  • When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00pm 
  • 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. For more information, contact 215.587.6904 or email

  • When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:00pm
  • 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. Get an inside, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to perform in a professional ballet company. Complimentary wine and cheese provided courtesy of the friends of the PCI Library.

  • Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, February 29, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:30pm 
  • Monday, June 6, 2015 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 feature an ever-changing roster of company members, artistic and administrative staff, and visitng artists discussing Pennsylvania Ballet's performances, taking questions, and offering unmatched behind-the-scenes insights. Preludes begin one hour prior to show time and are free and open to all patrons holding a ticket for the performance that follows. Preludes are a great way to meet other ballet fans, enhance your knowledge of the art form, and get to know the artists behind Pennsylvania Ballet's beautiful and thrilling performances. 

Ormandy Room Refreshments

(Bronze Level - $2,500 and above)

Join our intimate circle of donors, The Leadership Barre Society, in the Ormandy Room for champagne and refreshments while mingling with Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. Ormandy Room 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. 

Backstage Tours

All Leadership Barre donors have the opportunity to schedule a backstage tour, during intermission, when the Company is performing at the Academy Music. All tours must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to your performance date and are subject to availability. Please contact the Development Department to schedule your tour. 

Annual Silver Level Leadership Barre Society 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. 

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