Company

BBT_squareBerks Ballet Theatre is Celebrating its 41st season, BBT continues to bring the highest quality performances to Berks County audiences under the Artistic Direction of Kelly Barber with Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer, Nathan Bland.

 

Berks Ballet Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3 pre-professional ballet company whose primary purpose is to provide serious dancers the best possible forum of training and performance in classical and contemporary dance in Southeastern Pennsylvania. BBT was founded by Carol Ennis  in 1976 with the philosophy that given the training and opportunity, the child next door could grow up to be anything they wanted, including a dancer in any major professional ballet company.

 

The company’s vision is to build an ever-strong artistic base for Berks Ballet Theatre; to establish more scholarship opportunities for serious students of dance; to identify additional cooperative performance opportunities with other groups in the community; and to create greater public awareness and appreciation for the art of dance.

 

Berks Ballet Theatre has performed and continues to perform for many local organizations including: Reading Symphony Orchestra, Berks Arts Council, BCTV, Reading Public Museum and the Exeter Festival of Lights. The company also performs The Nutcracker annually. Since 1991 BBT has been a member of Regional Dance America/ Northeast and has performed all over the Northeastern USA & Canada.

 

Our dancers have gone on to work professionally with Richmond Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. BBT’s studios are within The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, located in downtown Reading. Full of artists of every venue, BBT dancers have beautiful, state of the art studios to dance in, plus this beautiful art facility brings new exposure and community support to the company.

Artistic Staff

kelly-circle-iconKelly Barber, Artistic Director

Kelly has been with the Berks Ballet Theatre family for more than 25 years, beginning as a student at the age of 9. Now, Kelly teaches Ballet levels 1-7 at the conservatory and has been artistic Director of the company for 10 years. Learn more about Kelly

 

 

nathan-bland-cicle-iconNathan Bland, Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer

Nathan got his start with Berks Ballet theater as a guest performer in 2006 before taking over as conservatory owner and director in 2012. With international experience, Nathan contributes his love of choreography to the company. Learn more about Nathan

A Letter From The Artistic Director

Welcome to Berks Ballet Theatre’s 41st year as Reading and Berks County’s only pre-professional dance company. I am very excited to present this season as this year marks my 10th as Artistic Director.

Our performance season begins December 17-18 with our annual production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker”, being performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in West Reading. The Company will then have the distinct pleasure of getting to work with the Limon Dance Company and getting to be a part of their performance at the Miller Center for the Arts on February 18th.

We have two out of town performances in Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia this winter. First is the Delaware Dance Festival in February where the dancers will take master classes and perform at the beautiful Grand Opera House, and then for the second time we will be attending the Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest in March. Our spring performance entitled “Innovations” will be May 13th at the Miller Center for the Arts. It will feature both classical and contemporary choreography.

We hope to see everyone at our performances and we thank you for your continued support.

-Kelly Barber
Artistic Director, Berks Ballet Theater

Board of Directors

Randolph Blatt, PE President randolph.blatt@gmail.com
Christopher Kunkle, CPA, CFE, Treasurer  kunk1230@gmail.com
Nancy Henry, Secretary lane4406@gmail.com
Susan Hughes, CPA, Treasurer  staylor@ptd.net
Kelly Barber, Artistic Director  kellybarber@berksballettheatre.com
Nathan Bland, Ballet Master, Resident Choreographer nathanbland@berksballettheatre.com

Company Donors

Diamond Donors

Michele and Tom Saladyga

Chick-fil-A Exeter

Sonia & Jay Hyneman

Dairy Queen Exeter

Dr. and Mrs. Victor K. Schutz

William G. Koch & Associates

Integrated Cancer Management LLC

C. David Moyer and Jane D. Moyer

Grandma & Grandpa Katter

Dr. & Mrs. William Kimmel

The Spine and Wellness Center

Fitness Repair +

Joe & Sandy Warchol

Massage chairs to go.com

Mary Lou & Gary Schultz

Ed Spayd - Remax of Reading

Elisa Nemirow

Gold Donors

Ruth Anne & Bruce Bengtson

Herbein + Company, Inc.

Gold Donors

Baker Tilly

Doubletree of Reading

Platinum Donors

Lawrence & Helen Biever

Ruby Donors

Art & Cindy Riddle

John & Carol Nugent

Andrea & Michael Holubek

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Harst

Phil & Diana Hart

Nanni and Paps

Beth Romanski

Scott &  Akiko Strum

Mr. Thomas Brown

Gentle Dental Care

Park Road Dental, Inc.

Uncle John, Aunt Linda and Family

Ms. Carmie Petrillo

Ralph Amadie

Joanne Bieber

Sara Galosi

Eric, Renee and Lauren Riddle

Ron & Elisa Gawel

Judith Kraines & Dr. Neil A. Hoffman

Marian Sweeney

Mary Ann P. Searfoss

Fran Carrara

William Davis

Lisa Yanak

Neese Family

France McKibstry Family

Leslie (Grandma) & Tom (Grandpa) France

Joseph J. Sweeney

Jeff Smith - wells fargo

Silver Donor

Definitely Dance, Inc.

Moyer Insurance & Financial Solutions

Dr. James Petras, DMD

Nicole Saladyga & Rod Carlsen