Peeking Through the Keyhole: Wondering Eyes See a Life in Dance

December 15, 2014
CPYB Nutcracker Peeking A New Page

After reading this delightful piece written by returning guest blogger Diane McCormick, I promise you’ll never look at another keyhole the same. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s past “Nutcracker” Maries — Tina LeBlanc, Anna Gerberich, Julia Rowe, and Grace Anli Snyder — discuss with McCormick their peeks through the keyhole. Their journey. The take aways. Lessons learned. And, life… Read More

The Nutcracker Challenge

December 8, 2014
Nutcracker Challenge CPYB A New Page

We all know the music inside and out. Forward and backwards. We hear it on television commercials. It bleeds through shopping center speakers. And, of course, throughout nearly every dance studio this time of year. Did you guess it? Yep, you got it! Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s masterful “The Nutcracker.” My Nutcracker challenge to you: Take some time… Read More

Mom, Can We Talk?

November 18, 2014
CPYB A New Page Mom Talk

“Mom, can we talk?” she mutters as she slowly begins descending the stairs. Oh, mercy me! My mind races. This could be about anything. Is someone teasing her at school? Maybe ballet frustrations. Or perhaps she has something to confess. And then it begins to register. A quiver that can’t be heard, but one I… Read More

Storybook Ending: Hansel & Gretel Leaps from Page to Stage

October 21, 2014
CPYB Hansel and Gretel

Two outwitting siblings. A sinister witch. Dancing gingerbread men. And, a house made of candy. This is what truly sets the tone for the most desirable kind of storyline in my opinion — when ‘good triumphs over evil.’ This week we welcome back guest blogger Diane McCormick. She spoke with original cast members of Central Pennsylvania Youth… Read More

Last Year Out – First Year In

October 14, 2014
A New Page Last In First Out

Training to become a professional ballet dancer is, well, so many things! Let’s start with arduous. Follow that up with demanding and challenging. But just like Aurora’s Rose Adagio in Sleeping Beauty it is perfectly balanced with such joy and pleasure. Stressful. Now there’s a word not to be left out. Two of my most demanding… Read More

Marketing Your Studio’s Story

September 30, 2014
Marketing Studio Story CPYB A New Page

Marketing for the studio owner can be a challenge. As your business grows it can be a struggle keeping up with the business of your dance business. Guest blogger Bonnie Schulte takes the mystery out of developing a solid marketing plan by getting us back to the nuts and bolts of marketing concepts that focus… Read More

The Other Side Of Bun No. 8,567

September 20, 2014
CPYB A New Page Bun

Pristine leotards. Tights super stretchy with no runs or picks. Rigid shoes waiting to get broken in. A restless body needing to feel the accomplished burn and enjoyment from daily class. Just a few of my favorite memories of heading back into the studio. Witnessing the same excitement radiating from my own little dancer, I… Read More

While Investing In Ballet Training …

September 2, 2014
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet  A New Page Investing

Are you taking the time to invest in your body’s health? There is no denying that beautifully bodied ballet dancers spend long days in the studio perfecting their art form. Everything from their pinkie finger down to their baby toe and all that is in between. We all know that investing in exercise is advantageous for our… Read More

Gearing Up For Fall Standing In Summer’s Shadow

August 26, 2014
A New Page Fall

AUDIO BLOG. It is so hard to believe that August is nearing the end. If you are like me, you are probably asking yourself, “Where did summer go?” There is no doubt it was here, and my hope is that yours was extraordinary whether you spent yours dancing your heart out or enjoying the relaxation… Read More

3 Lessons I Learned from the Wings

August 13, 2014
Waiting in the wings.

While waiting in the wings there is no view more perfect. You stand surrounded by organized chaos. Dancers preparing to share their gift. Scenery and drops flying in and out, wheeled in every which direction. Wardrobe mistresses tending to some last minute mending. The orchestra tuning. A mere snapshot of a night at the ballet… Read More