Former Pittsburgh Ballet artistic director Wilde to enter national Dance Hall of Fame
Former Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Patricia Wilde will be inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame during the organization's annual gala on Aug. 13 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Previous honorees include George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky, Jerome Robbins, Rudolf Nureyev and Mark Morris.
The museum also will curate an exhibit of memorabilia from her career.
“Patricia Wilde is a true force. Onstage, she had this captivating presence and a speed and purity to her dancing that was something special,” says her successor, Terrence Orr.
Wilde, 88, began dancing professionally at 14 and joined the New York City Ballet in 1950. During her 15 years as a principal dancer she worked closely with Balanchine, who created nearly 20 roles for her.
She raised the stature of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre during her years as artistic director, 1982 to 1997, when she revived many Balanchine ballets. She continues to live in Pittsburgh.
Joel Lobenthal's biography of her, “Wilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine and the rise of New York City Ballet,” was released in June.