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
Amanda Edge CPYB Indelible Impressions

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
Alan Hineline's Sleepy Hollow CPYB A New Page

“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

Rediscovering Why I Do What I Do

October 6, 2016
Missing Nicholas Ade CPYB CEO A New Page BLog

They all say “Thank you” as they usually do as I start walking out of the studio and back to my office. That is when it hit me … THIS is why I do it. Over the past year, like all years, there have been good moments, lackluster moments, turbulent moments that could have gone… Read More

CPYB Comes Full Circle: 60 Years of Dreams and Dance

June 24, 2016
60 years CPYB Marcia Dale Weary

Ask Marcia Dale Weary if her ballet school was always intended as a preprofessional training ground, and she shares a story. As a child, she would sit outside and pretend that she was going to dance class. “When children go to piano lessons, you don’t want them to bang on the piano,” she says. “You… Read More

See the music, hear the steps: Artists emerge through choreography

June 13, 2016
June Series Music CPYB

Musicality Cameron Essis Gildea is just beginning her professional journey, but she knows what belongs in the successful dancer’s toolbox. “It’s all about putting all the things you know and have learned into one,” says the veteran CPYB dancer, 2016 Cumberland Valley High School graduate, and Pacific Northwest Ballet summer program student. “You can’t be… Read More

First you’re part of it. Then it’s part of you.

May 11, 2016
A New Page blog Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Nope. Not a riddle. I am talking about the distinguished role of an alumna and alumnus to an institution that gave you true meaning and purpose. When a school equips you with those proverbial wings to fly you assume the position of brand ambassador. Dispersed around the globe contributing to the reputation of your once-upon-a-time stomping… Read More

Perfect Timing: Finding the Human Comedy in CPYB’s Coppélia

April 14, 2016
A New Page Blog CPYB Coppelia

In dance, says Marcus Romeo, “sometimes it’s harder to be funny than serious.” It’s a lament heard often in theater. “Dying is easy,” goes a saying among actors. “Comedy is hard.” “Dying is easy,” goes a saying among actors. “Comedy is hard.” Romeo learned the lesson as a Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet student, playing the… Read More

com·pla·cen·cy

March 20, 2016
Complacency CPYB A New Page blog

We sat face to face on the couch talking about what is “next” for me. To date I have had two separate and very rewarding careers. I have seen parts of this world I never dreamed possible. Nearly 10 years ago, I stepped back from it all. Laid down one enterprise to pick up another adventure:… Read More