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.

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 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!

-Kelly Barber
Artistic Director, Berks Ballet Theater

Board of Directors

Randolph Blatt, PE President
Christopher Kunkle, CPA, CFE, Treasurer
Nancy Henry, Secretary
Susan Hughes, CPA, Treasurer
Kelly Barber, Artistic Director
Nathan Bland, Ballet Master, Resident Choreographer

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

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