The Game That Can’t Be Won

September 11, 2017
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“It’s the game that can’t be won, only played.” – caddy speaking to a golfer, “The Legend of Bagger Vance” Every day the dancer steps up, places their hand on the barre, and the work begins. There is an ironic, comforting solace found in the repetition of grueling exercises. Consistency is sought, yet musical responsiveness… Read More

3 Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Ballet Class at an Early Age

July 8, 2017
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It’s passionate and artistic, beautiful and elegant. It is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding practices a person can learn. Dating back to the 15th century, the performance dance, ballet, originated in Renaissance Italy and soon spread into France with the help of Catherine de’Medici. Today, it incorporates contemporary choreography, as well as classical… Read More

Movement of Memory: Sound and steps merge in CPYB June Series

June 12, 2017
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet June Series Movement

In the beginning, young ballet students are told exactly what to do. Each step on the road to flawless technique is strictly mapped out. But there comes a time when the dancer must soar, when technique is layered in the colors of artistry. At Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, this moment is nudged along when choreographers… Read More

Ballet Master: Gardener of the Dance

May 30, 2017
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“God creates. I assemble …” – George Balanchine, “Ballet Master” A choreographer is like a landscape architect, using – in lieu of plants – human bodies to construct a living aesthetic arrangement. The great choreographer George Balanchine, in fact, spoke of his “garden” of dancers, each one possessing distinct qualities and blooming in different seasons. An… Read More

CPYB’s The Sleeping Beauty: Awakening the Dancer Within

April 3, 2017
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Madison Keesler’s first Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet lessons made her cry. She was 10 years old, dancing since age 6 for schools in Colorado and Miami. But in Carlisle, she witnessed her peers gliding through advanced steps that she couldn’t perform. Her mother left the decision with her. Stay or go? Even through her tears,… Read More

Wardrobe Department Takes Beauty Off Stage

March 28, 2017
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Thimble. Needle. Thread! There’s beauty going on both on and off stage at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as the wardrobe department prepares 139 individual costumes that appear during Alan Hineline’s epic three act The Sleeping Beauty. Many of the ballet’s costumes consist of multiple garments, accessories, and a headpiece to complete the look. The sheer volume… Read More

Adventures in Choreography

March 16, 2017
Adventures in Choreography

A choreographer is an innately imaginative craftperson motivated by music or a muse, or both. A choreographer takes the dance vocabulary and manipulates it, inverting and melding traditional steps with uniquely inventive ideas to create something fresh and new. I am not a choreographer. Sure, I’ve had a few choreographic experiences: Two pieces for students… Read More

Dream of a Lifetime: CPYB Sustains a Masterwork with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

December 8, 2016

A heroic nutcracker prince. A little girl’s dream of a Christmas tree touching the sky. Battling mice, a peculiar but kindly godfather, and sugarplum fairies – all are indelible holiday images brought to life every year in productions of The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker’s journey to enduring tradition started in 1954, when choreographer George Balanchine summoned… Read More

Indelible Impressions

November 29, 2016
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In a dark drawing room, a tiny young girl wearing a white nightgown crouches in wonderment at the foot of an enormous Christmas tree.  Looming above her, its boughs shimmer with hundreds of candles. She gazes up at the brilliant sight, tenderly sheltering her beloved Nutcracker. I was seven years old when I first saw… Read More

Perchance to Dream: The Spectral World of Sleepy Hollow

October 17, 2016
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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.” With the opening narrative of every “Twilight Zone” episode, Rod Serling left no doubt about what was ahead. We weren’t really meeting aliens or seeing gremlins on… Read More