Celebrating over 50 years




The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17, 2023 – 1:00 & 4:30 pm

Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Full live orchestra and professional guest artists with Pennsylvania Youth Ballet!

Tickets on sale now at Zoellner Arts Center Box Office – Click here


  • Performances for School Students – Wednesday, December 13; Thursday, December 14; Friday, December 15 – 10:00 am. Reduced ticket prices for school students! Click the following link to download the reservation form: Nutcracker School Reservation Form – 2023



  • Sponsor the BLGV/PYB 2023 Nutcracker production! To find out how, click the following link: Nutcracker Sponsorship




Past performances

The Nutcracker 2022

Nutcracker Poster – 2022

2022 Nutcracker Program


The Nutcracker 2021

Nutcracker Poster – 2021

2021 Nutcracker Program


The Nutcracker 2020 at Zoellner!

The Nutcracker- A Virtual Presentation which premiered Saturday, December 19, 2020 

Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director

Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015

2020 Nutcracker Program



2019 Nutcracker Program

To view a copy of the beautiful souvenir 50th Anniversary 2018 Nutcracker program printed by Christmas City Printing, please click the following link: 2018 Nutcracker Program



C i n d e r e l l a

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 2023 – 2:00 pm – Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Romance! Comedy! Fantasy! Something for everyone when Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, along with guest artists, presents the classic fairytale ballet, Cinderella.


Peter Pan, The Ballet

May 28 & 29, 2022 – Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Based on the beloved story by J.M. Barrie, this family-friendly ballet is for the young at heart, and speaks to that part of us that never wants to grow up. “All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust!” Join John, Michael and Wendy as Peter takes them past the second to the right, where adventure awaits with the lost boys, mermaids and pirates! The clever Tinkerbell saves Peter’s life so he can have one last sword-swinging, high-flying adventure with his arch nemesis, Captain Hook. Don’t miss Peter and the Darling children as they fly into Neverland!

All audience members are invited to the “Adventure Through Neverland” Event immediately after the performance, where they can meet and greet the cast with their treasure map, FREE of charge!


Ma Mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”), Ballet in One Act & Boléro

  • Saturday, March 12, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

PYB dancers performed two pieces by Ravel with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra onstage at Miller Symphony Hall




Spring Ballet 2019 – Coppelia

Click here to read an article about our production in The Bethlehem Press!

The BGLV/PYB annual spring ballet was presented at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center on the evening of May 31, 2019, with choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr, and included an original puppet by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.  One of the best-loved comedic ballets, Coppélia is an enchanting tale about a mad inventor and the life-like doll he creates.  When a village boy becomes infatuated with the doll (thinking it’s a real girl!), his fiancée becomes unhappy. The ensuing mix-ups and misunderstandings between the two young lovers sets the stage for plenty of hilarity.  With colorful costumes and joyful dancing, this ballet was a delightful treat for both young and old alike!  Coppélia features the beautiful music of Léo Delibes, a French composer of the Romantic era, who specialized in ballets, operas, and other stage works. He influenced some of the greatest composers, among them Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Drigo.




-Photos by Hub Willson-


Appalachian Spring Suite with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Copland’s timeless music was performed by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra with seventeen Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers on stage at Miller Symphony Hall in February 2019. The concert featured new choreography by Artistic Director Karen Kroninger Knerr.

You can read about the concert here: Morning Call Article – Appalachian Spring Concert – Feb 2019




2018 Spring Ballet

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods”

At Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University – Friday, June 1, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a ballet about the transforming power of love, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reunitings of two pairs of mortal lovers and the king and queen of the fairies. It features the beautiful music of Felix Mendelssohn, a German composer of the Romantic era, who excelled in all aspects of music. A child prodigy, he wrote the overture to this work when he was only 17 years old.

“The Enchanted Woods” is a new comedic ballet, featuring beloved fairy tale characters and their hilarious misadventures as they stroll through the woods. With original music composed by Music Director Eugene Albulescu, Artistic Director Karen Knerr has choreographed this especially for Pennsylvania Youth Ballet students.