Patricia Wilde is a charismatic presence, both in the studio and out of it. Hailed as one of America’s foremost classical ballerinas, she is an inspiration and a role model for dancers around the world. Ms. Wilde joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as Artistic Director in 1982 – her vision, tenacity, and focus are responsible for the Company’s current reputation and high level of artistry. Ms. Wilde began her career at the age of fourteen with the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Internationale. After one year she joined Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and was immediately given solo roles. At the New York City Ballet, where she was a principal dancer for fifteen years, Ms. Wilde danced every major role in the repertoire, many of them created especially for he by George Balanchine. She made eight international tours with the company, dancing to great critical acclaim on the stages of the world’s legendary theatres: the Bolshoi, the Kirov, La Scala, Covent Garden, and the Paris Opera, as well as in the Philippines, Japan, and Australia. As the first director of the Harkness House of Ballet in New York, Ms. Wilde established one of the world’s most comprehensive training programs for young dancers. She assisted George Balanchine in establishing the school for the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland. For twelve years she was ballet mistress and coach for American Ballet Theatre, where she worked with many international stars, including Baryshnikov and Makarova. She was appointed Director of the American Ballet Theatre School in 1979. Since her appointment as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ms. Wilde has developed an exciting repertoire while stressing a high caliber of performance – these changes are responsible for PBT’s current position as one of the major companies in the United States. In 1984 Ms. Wilde served on the panel for the National Choreographic Project and for two years served on the Dance Panel of the New York State Council for the Arts. She has been one of the judges for the Lausanne International Ballet Competition, a Trustee of Dance/USA, a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a dance panel member for the Fulbright scholarships. Ms. Wilde is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and has been celebrated by the YWCA’s Tribute to Women with the Leadership Award in Arts and Letters in 1990, as well as the Vectors/Pittsburgh with the Woman of the Year Award in The Arts and Music in 1993. In great demand throughout the world, she has been a guest teacher and coach both here and abroad to companies including the New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Royal Ballet of Stockholm, the International Summer Seminar in Cologne, Germany and the Heinz Bosl Foundation in Munich and St. Moritz, as well as in Japan, Australia, and Korea.