Attack Theatre brings The Dirty Ball to The Strip District Terminal

After a five-year hiatus, Attack Theatre’s The Dirty Ball returns to Pittsburgh for an epic celebration in the company’s home neighborhood of the Strip District. The Pittsburgh dance company will transform a portion of the historic Strip District Terminal building into an extravagant benefit bash on April 25, 2020. With dazzling dance performances, artful inter activities, and flowing libations, this year’s Ball offers a plucky bit of pageantry for the 11th iteration of Pittsburgh’s most daring social soirée.

Known for their work in non-traditional settings, Attack Theatre will revive this major performance event in one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. As The Strip District Terminal undergoes development by McCaffery, the building offers a unique opportunity to thoughtfully activate the creative potential for a space in transition. From a blank slate, The Dirty Ball will transform part of the site at 17th and Smallman Streets into a theatrical environment that highlights the company’s work within the unique landscape of the city.

Dan McCaffery, CEO of McCaffery, shares Attack Theatre’s enthusiasm for hosting this event in the newly reimagined building: "McCaffery is proud to work with Attack Theatre at the Strip District Terminal, offering new and unique uses for this building in the Strip."

Attack Theatre’s Executive Director, Rebecca Himberger, expounds on the value of these creative partnerships for the company, “The Dirty Ball takes shape thanks to partnerships like this. These collaborations support, influence, and inspire our work all over the region, from dance performances in Wilkinsburg to creative learning programs in the North Side.”

In ten years producing The Dirty Ball, from Downtown lofts to South Side warehouses, a cheeky and suggestive party gave way to a haven for fearless expression and exuberant celebration. With revelers adorned in blue jeans or ball gowns, rhinestones or body paint, “Anything Goes” became the code for a pageant of artists and audiences alike. In keeping with a tradition of pageantry and playful irreverence, The Dirty Ball #11 will take place on April 25th—The Perfect Date...”not too hot, not too cold.” This quote from the comedy “Miss Congeniality” fueled the creative process behind everything from interactive elements to one of many dance performances slated to take place throughout the evening.

Now celebrating their 25th anniversary season, Attack Theatre invites its adventurous audience to help them imbue this notable venue with the audacious spirit of this legendary Pittsburgh event.



Saturday, April 25, 2020


The Strip District Terminal at 17th and Smallman Street (Strip District, Pittsburgh)


6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - The Dirty Donor Reception

8:00 p.m. – Midnight – The Dirty Ball


General Admission: $65 ($75 after April 1st)
Velvet Lounge Access: $135 ($150 after April 1st)

Dirty Donor Reception: $250

Tickets can be purchased by visiting

This event is for ages 21 and older only.


General Admission ($65 | $75 after April 1st

General Admission gets you into the party. Enjoy libations and fare while partying down to beats by TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party’s Gordy G with the infamous performances by Attack Theatre that you've come to expect.

The Velvet Lounge ($135 | $150 after April 1st

The Velvet Lounge is a secluded oasis inside The Dirty Ball, designed by Richard Parsakian. This decadent area features a private bar, unscripted revelry, and enhanced customer service.

The Dirty Donor Reception ($250)
The Dirty Donor Reception is an exclusive VIP pre-party event that features elegant fare, craft cocktails, and an intimate Attack Theatre performance (includes admission to The Dirty Ball with Velvet Lounge Access).


The Dirty Ball is made possible in part by McCaffery, Flaherty and O’Hara, Smart Solution Technologies L.P., Eon's Fashion Antique, Yuengling, and media sponsors WYEP, WESA, and Pittsburgh City Paper

The Dirty Dozen - The Dirty Dozen is a fabulous group of Attack Theatre supporters who love The Dirty Ball as much as Attack Theatre does.


Editor’s Note  


Under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre, now celebrating its 25th year, combines contemporary dance, live music and multimedia to create "wickedly entertaining stage productions" (Pittsburgh City Paper). Attack Theatre has choreographed and performed for the Avignon Festival, the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival/Japan, Indonesia Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, the Spoleto Festival, the Broadway production of Squonk, over two dozen operas and symphonies worldwide and produced over 150 original works in theatrical and site specific settings.

Known for their "audacious athleticism," (Dance Magazine), Attack Theatre was named one of “25 to Watch” in 2007 by Dance Magazine, “Best Dance Performance” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006, 2008 and 2010), “Best Dance Company” (Pittsburgh City Paper, ’07 – ‘11) and was the recipient of the prestigious National Dance Project Touring Award (2006/2007 season), “Top 50 Cultural Leaders of Pittsburgh” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002-2006), “PA Silver/Gold Governor’s Award finalist for innovative programming for Seniors” (2004), multi-year recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Choreography fellowship award and recipient of the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award (2000).

In addition to their extensive performing and touring, Attack Theatre has brought their arts education programs to schools and community environments nationally and internationally, conducting hundreds of residencies, workshops and master classes in contemporary dance, creative movement, and aesthetic education. The company's creative learning programs focus on demystifying the artistic process and building community.



McCaffery is a privately owned, full-service commercial real estate company that has been in the business of investing, developing, leasing and managing real estate for nearly 30 years. The McCaffery portfolio of planned, completed and managed projects exceeds 20 million square feet and includes office, mixed-use, hotel, and residential properties, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments.

McCaffery is known in the Pittsburgh area for the award-winning restoration and redevelopment of The Cork Factory as well as the development of Lot 24. McCaffery recently managed and served as development consultant for The Yards at 3 Crossings in the Strip District and Coda on Centre in Shadyside.