The Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th birthday with a new facility and a season of performing brand new works and classic pieces.
The company's $17.5 million home is open on North Broad Street, also known as Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.
It includes the Pennsylvania Ballet school as well as five rehearsal studios and administrative offices. The company for many years had worked out of rented studios and office buildings in several locations.
The ballet also is celebrating its half-century mark in the 2013-2014 season by with its first full performance of George Balanchine's three-act ballet "Jewels."
Later in the season, there will be world premieres of brand new works as well as "The Nutcracker" and other classics.