Berks Ballet Theatre is Celebrating its 42nd season, and 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 Pops Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Berks Arts Council, BCTV, Reading Public Museum, Exeter Festival of Lights & West Reading Tree Lighting. The company also performs The Nutcracker annually. From1991-2016 BBT was a member of Regional Dance America/ Northeast and performed all over the Northeastern USA & Canada.
Our dancers have gone on to work professionally with Richmond Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Broadway National Tours. 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.
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, 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 our 42nd Season and another year of bringing professional quality work to Berks County audiences and beyond. Our first major performance will be the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker on December 16-17. This year we are so excited to bring back live music to our ballet as we collaborate with the Reading Pops Orchestra. We are also thrilled to welcome guest artists Ingrid Silva (recently seen on the cover of Pointe Magazine) and Dylan Santos from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to dance the Grand Pas and share the stage with our dancers.We will again be performing out of town in 2018 in both Wilmington, DE at the Delaware Dance Festival and Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest. And finally, our Spring Performance will be Saturday May 12, celebrating some of the greatest fairytales as told through ballet.As always, we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our patrons who fill our theater seats every season. We hope you will join us at our performances and continue to support the ballet!
Artistic Director, Berks Ballet Theater
Board of Directors
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|Nancy Henry, Secretaryemail@example.com|
|Susan Hughes, CPA, Treasurerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kelly Barber, Artistic Directoremail@example.com|
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