Founded in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, the Pennsylvania Ballet commemorates its 50th anniversary during the highly anticipated 2013-2014 season. Over the past five decades, the PA Ballet has garnered a sterling reputation for its extraordinary performances and talented dancers. Philadelphia Style caught up with some of the Ballet’s most esteemed members to find out their favorite performances. For the full 50th anniversary schedule, visit paballet.org.
Roy Kaiser performed in The Moor’s Pavane by Jose Limon.
Roy Kaiser, Artistic Director: “My most memorable performance was dancing as Iago in The Moor’s Pavane by Jose Limon. It was physically and emotionally challenging. I liked playing the ‘bad guy.’”
Hadley and DeGregory have performed together multiple times, including Sylvia Pas de Deux, Swan Lake, and Carmina.
Tamara Hadley, Ballet Mistress, Former PA Ballet Principal Dancer (1975-1995): “My most memorable performance was in 1985 [in] Sylvia Pas de Deux. This was the first time my husband, William DeGregory, and I danced a featured pas de deux together. The music was magical and transcendent. It made me feel like I wasn’t even dancing.”
The husband-and-wife duo performing their first full-length ballet together in Swan Lake.
William DeGregory, PA Ballet II Director, Former PA Ballet Principal Dancer (1974-2002): “My most memorable performance was the first time I danced Swan Lake with my wife, Tammy Hadley. It was the first time we danced a full-length ballet together. The ballet requires so much acting; it’s incredibly demanding of the principal couple. But it’s a very romantic ballet, so it was easy to dance it with Tammy.”
Swan Lake was performed in Scotland during the International Festival in 2005.
Gabriella Yudenich, Soloist: “I have to say one of my favorite and most memorable performances was our opening-night performance of Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake, when we debuted it in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Edinburgh International Festival 2005. I remember standing on the stage and hearing the glorious and powerful full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky's haunting and beautiful score. It filled my soul with such emotion that I could not help but cry. The performance was a big success and we all were so proud to have been a part of it.”
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY PENNSYLVANIA BALLET (THE MOOR'S PAVANE; SYLVIA PAS DE DEUX; SWAN LAKE, DEGREGORY); PAUL KOLNIK (SWAN LAKE, YUDENICH)