On July 1, Macon Paine Finley will become head of the Ellis School. She comes to Pittsburgh from St. Louis, where she has been assistant head of school at the John Burroughs School since 2012. Her appointment comes on the heels of celebrating The Ellis School’s 100th anniversary. Before joining Burroughs in 2000,…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Professionals new to Pittsburgh
At first, the performance was delayed because ballerina Carlotta Grisi was recovering from an injury. Then the conductor was battling a tumor. And then safety concerns slowed the set construction. But finally, on June 28, 1841 — a Monday night — “Giselle” premiered at the Paris Opéra.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
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  • Sub Heading As Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prepares its “Giselle,” ballet mistress Marianna Tcherkassky teaches her breakout role
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