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The Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet

Young Friends 

The Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet is a dynamic group of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 35, who enjoy classical and contemporary ballet and learning more about the art form. Young Friends receive special, behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to interact with the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet.

Young Friends receive exclusive benefits including: 

-   Discount season package for just $50

-   The opportunity to Bring a Friend for $20

-   Invitations to special gatherings with the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet

Why Should You Join The Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet?

-   Enjoy all 5 ballets of the 2017-2018 Season for as little as $10 a ticket!

-   Network, make new friends and meet fellow dance lovers!

-   Expand your knowledge of classical and contemporary ballet!

-   Get to know the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet!

To learn more about how you can be part of the Young Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet contact Olivia Gómez, Annual Fund Coordinator at or at 215.587.6913

Curtain Pass
A flexible and affordable season pass for just $50!

How It Works:

-  Register as a Young Friend of Pennsylvania Ballet online then purchase your Curtain Pass.

-  You get 1 ticket for all 5 ballets of the 2017-2018 Season – a value of $10 per ticket!

-  Your Curtain Pass grants you admission to a Friday or Saturday evening performance of all 5 ballet series in the 2017-2018 season*.

-  Curtain Pass tickets will be made available on the Tuesday prior to each ballet series.

-  Young Friends are able to reserve the best available seats in the theater and you’ll also have the option to purchase additional tickets at $20 each to bring a friend.

*Excluding performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

Curtain Pass Benefits: 

-  Young Friends E-Newsletter, featuring Pennsylvania Ballet news and events just for Young Friends

-  The opportunity to purchase $20 Bring a Friend tickets**

-  Eligible for 15% off additional tickets (including George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®).

-  Invitations to special gatherings, including:

            - Preludes pre-show discussions in the theater with members of Pennsylvania Ballet’s artistic staff

            - Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet at the Philadelphia City Institute Library



**$20 Bring a Friend tickets are only available for Friday and Saturday evening performances.


***15% discount is only available for current Young Friend Curtain Pass members.


Young Friends Curtain Pass members that are able to make a contribution of $50 or more to Pennsylvania Ballet receive enhanced benefits and special opportunities.

Contributing Member Benefits:

Young Friends Curtain Pass members that make a donation of $50 or more receive enhanced benefits, including:

- Recognition in Playbill throughout the season

- Invitations to working technical rehearsals and cocktail receptions at the Merriam Theater

- Discount on Shut Up and Dance tickets (an annual benefit for MANNA presented by the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet)

Become A Contributing Member Now!

Add on a $50 contribution when purchasing your Curtain Pass for the 2016-2017 season or call the development office to make a gift over the phone.

Donate Now 

For questions or more information about becoming a Contributing Member of the Young Friends, please contact Olivia Gómez at or at 215.587.6913.

Q: This sounds great! How do I sign up?
A: To sign up and purchase a Curtain Pass you must register online. Registrations cannot be accepted by phone or at the theater box office.

Q: I purchased a Curtain Pass online, now how do I select my performance dates?
A: The Curtain Pass allows you maximum flexibility at a low cost, so you cannot select your performance dates and seats months in advance the way you would with a traditional subscription package. Curtain Pass tickets will be released on the Tuesday prior to the opening of each ballet series. For example, Curtain Pass tickets for The Sleeping Beauty will become available on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

You will receive an email alert with instructions to redeem your ticket online and the option to purchase $20 Bring a Friend tickets. You can also redeem your ticket at the theater box office.

Q: Got it, so which performances can I attend?
A: The Curtain Pass allows one admission to a Friday or Saturday evening performance of each ballet series, excluding George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

Curtain Pass nights for the 2017-2018 Season include:

The Sleeping Beauty | Academy of Music

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00pm
Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 5:00pm 

On Edge | Merriam Theater

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:00pm

Swan Lake | Academy of Music

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8:00pm
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00pm 

Grace & Grandeur | Merriam Theater

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00pm

Jewels | Academy of Music

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:00pm

Q: My friend and I both have Curtain Passes. Can we sit together at the theater?
A: Absolutely! If you and your friend or spouse would like to be seated together, please email with your names and preferred performance night or visit the theater box office to make your seating arrangements.

Q: Will I be charged any ticket fees?
A: Ticket fees are included in the cost of your $50 Curtain Pass. However, if you purchase any additional tickets (such as $20 Bring a Friend tickets) you will be charged a $6.50 processing fee per ticket by Ticket Philadelphia.

Q: Where do I pick up my tickets?
A: If you redeem your tickets online you can print them at home, or you can pick them up at will call at the theater box office. The Academy of Music and Merriam Theater Box Offices open 2 hours prior to ballet performances. Tickets for Academy and Merriam performances may also be picked up at the Kimmel Center Box Office Sunday through Saturday 10am – 6pm.



Don’t see your question here? For more information contact Olivia Gómez 

at 215.587.6913 or