8 Innovative Pittsburgh Dance Companies

Our city is rich in many things, dance among them. TABLE staff shares a list of innovative dance companies performing in Pittsburgh. 

Attack Theatre 

Attack Theatre’s performances merge modern dance with live music and multidisciplinary art forms. 


The creative duo behind slowdanger, co-founding artistic directors taylor knight and anna thompson, aim “to bring audiences closer to their own bodies” through their multidisciplinary performances. 

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company

Bodiography has a strong foundation in classical ballet while aiming to bring accessible entertainment to a broad audience. 

Confluence Ballet Co.

Expect a combination of classical traditions and innovation with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Nandanik Dance Troupe

This Pittsburgh-based nonprofit aims to promote and preserve classical Indian dance forms. 

Shana Simmons Dance

Artistic Director Shana Simmons highlights current topics in her works, with a goal of creating “unique and engaging” contemporary dance movements. 

STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos

Under the leadership of choreographer Staycee Pearl and sound designer Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl, this dance company celebrates Black culture through “dynamic dance-centered performance and experiences.” 

Texture Contemporary Ballet

Texture Contemporary Ballet strives to inspire with its innovative ballet performances, combining classically-trained professionals with resident and guest dancers. 

Story by Lisa Cunnigham

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