Auditions. What To Do, What Not To Do?

January 27, 2015
CPYB A New Page Peter Boal

What to do and what not to do? That IS the question. I am talking about auditions. Seems like everyone else is too – which is what caused me to write this second post about these potentially life-changing moments in a dancer’s life. There are whispers from dancers in the studio hallways asking, “Who are… Read More

Are You Audition Ready?

January 13, 2015
CPYB A New Page Audition

Only a few short weeks ago two employment-ready dancers approached me. Not shy at all, they asked if they could come over to the house to discuss what they need to do in preparation for their company auditions. Always willing to help, I immediately said, “Sure. Happy to have you over!” Inquiring about when they… Read More

5 MUSTS For Your Holiday Break

December 22, 2014
CPYB A New Page Blog Holiday post

Hooray! You made it! Time for your holiday break. Some of you will travel during these next weeks. Others may stay put. Many have big plans. And, there are those who happily do not. However your holiday shapes up, I am sure the time off and away from the studios will prove to be rejuvenating…. Read More

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