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Honorary Member – Terrence S. Orr

Dancers are both artists and elite athletes, and their bodies are their instrument. One of the greatest assets a companycan have is the care of a specialized medical team that understands the unique physical demands of dance. Advancements in dance medicine help artists maintain their bodies,recover faster and stronger from injuries, or prevent them altogether.Ultimately, this type of science extends careers and keeps artists onstage.

Terrence S. Orr
Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

 


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California native Terrence S. Orr trained at San Francisco Ballet, joining the company while in high school and becoming a principal dancer at 17. He moved to New York where he began a celebrated career at American Ballet Theatre, rising from the corps de ballet to principal; while continuing to perform he also joined ABT’s artistic staff. He staged works for ballet companies around the world, including The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala, Australian Ballet and National Ballet of Japan. He was appointed ballet master at ABT in 1978, a post he held until his selection as PBT’s Artistic Director in 1997. Since then Mr. Orr has expanded the range of PBT’s vocabulary and repertoire, cultivating a dynamic roster of classics and new works. He has added important ballets by Mark Morris, John Neumeier, and Jean-Christophe Maillot among others, and has commissioned 18 world premieres by both renowned and emerging choreographers. Mr. Orr’s passion for innovation, excellence and artistry continues to raise PBT’s national and global stature. He is married to Marianna Tcherkassky, a former ABT principal ballerina and PBT’s ballet mistress.

 

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