The Westmoreland Ballet Company is taking a graceful leap into the Cultural District of Greensburg with their move into 41 North Main Street, opening on Monday, February 3rd, 2020.
From this central location, they are ready to create more than simply another ballet school. For 35 years, Artistic Director Judy Tubbs has been the established force in ballet for the tri-county area. With a powerful team, impressive choreography, and empowering instruction, she is back with a huge dream of an inclusive, nurturing, professional ballet performing company and school with workforce development and higher education opportunities.
Their new space puts them directly where they can best launch the next steps in their vision of building a cultural legacy for the growing community. Built with beauty and grace in the 1880’s, with bright, breathtakingly high ceilings, 41 N. Main was a space absolutely begging for ballet. Expertly outfitted with premium flooring specifically designed for ballet, this historic building is ready for its next incarnation as a welcoming home for the upcoming generation of dancers.
WBC now has studios to expand their schedule to service dancers of all ages and reach their complementary goal of creating a professional performing company that will complete the cultural scene for the Westmoreland County community.
“Think of the cultural scene of Greensburg as a puzzle with all these wonderful pieces: we have the professional symphony, the unique Palace Theater, Stage Right!, our active museum, library, and live music, universities bookending it all, combined with a low cost of living to support artists and make their art accessible to everyone,” said Judy Tubbs, Artistic Director of WBC. “The only missing piece is a professional ballet company. Westmoreland Ballet Company is here to fill that void.”
Founded in September 2019 and welcomed by the community, they have already accomplished their first goal of inspiring local audiences. While conducting their classes at Stage Right’s facilities, they performed at outreach events at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library, Caritas Christi, and appearances in conjunction with Stage Right! at the Palace Theater, the Lamp Theater, and Westmoreland County Community College. These novel collaborations fuel their success, and they are grateful for these opportunities.
Similarly, they are inspired to be joining Greensburg’s cooperative network in revitalizing downtown through collaborative efforts. Mutual support is why business is booming again. Some of our supporters in those efforts include Stage Right!, The Cultural Trust, Think Greensburg, The Downtown Greensburg Project, Seton Hill University and Seton Hill University Dance Academy, and The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County. They are excited for their school and company to bring even more people into downtown to enjoy all that it has to offer!
About The Westmoreland Ballet Company
Recently founded, but rooted in tradition with 35 years of experience, Westmoreland Ballet Company is a Greensburg based nonprofit ballet school that is building a professional performing company. Founded by visionary women, the volunteer operational board to provide a high-quality, comprehensive ballet program to enrich both the community and the artists themselves. They currently have classes for all ages of dancers, with plans in the works for an early-release high school program and dual enrollment for university credits.
Upcoming Westmoreland Ballet Events:
Monday, February 3rd Youth Grand Opening Party 4:30-8 at 41 North Main St.
Monday, February 3rd Classes begin at new studio, 41 North Main St.
Sunday, March 1st Ballet Showcase, Carnegie Performing Arts Center.
Register by February 10th to be eligible to perform – age requirements apply
Friday, March 20th Grand Opening Gala