Practice Makes Perfect.

October 5, 2018

And Other Reflections on How Performance Opportunities Shaped my Ballet Career. By CPYB Alumna Grace Anli Snyder, now Company Member at Alabama Ballet Throughout my life I’ve been told “practice makes perfect.” When I was a ballet student at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, I learned firsthand the more you do something, the better you get…. Read More

Joy in the Journey

June 8, 2018

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique…”– Choreographer Martha Graham to Dancer Agnes DeMille   New beginnings are intimidating. Fear of the unknown. Tentative steps in the face of unfamiliar rhythms…. Read More

6 Reasons to Experience Dance at June Series

June 4, 2018

June Series brings the BEST in dance to the region.  But it’s so much more than that.  June Series is a culmination of 10 months of hard work; hours in the studios, tons of growth in technical ability, and lots (we mean LOTS) of sweat from vigorous and complex movements! We could go on all… Read More

A Puck. A Firefly. And a Midsummer Sky.

April 9, 2018
Copyright: 365 March

“Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!” -Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream     “It’s the state bug of Pennsylvania,” Braden told me in a matter-of-fact tone. “Really? The firefly? The state bug?” I paused for a moment. Then, focusing my attention back on the task at hand, I resumed… Read More

Which Midsummer Night’s Dream Character are You?

March 20, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Shakespeare’s most famously funny 16th century soap opera. Find out which character you are most like! Take the quiz, then come see the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet world premiere of Alan Hineline’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, April 14 & 15. CPYB.org/performances Get your tickets today!   Illustration credit (c) Erika… Read More

A Dream to Remember: Dancing Shakespeare’s Fantastical A Midsummer Night’s Dream

February 21, 2018
CPYB ANewPage Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber’d here While these visions did appear.” – Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare I have a recurring dream. I’m backstage at Lincoln Center, standing in a leotard and tights, wearing a little bronze helmet of a headpiece with… Read More

CPYB Presents Second Annual Sound and Movement Program for Youth Dancers

February 5, 2018
Sound and Movement

Reprising itself for the second year in a row, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to announce its interactive dance program — Sound and Movement — is back. With the program’s wild success in 2017, Sound and Movement will provide aspiring youth dancers with the opportunity to experience music tangibly through a series of… Read More

My Kennedy Center Experience

December 14, 2017
Kennedy Center Krisko CPYB student

On Wednesday, November 29, at 6 p.m., Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet performed a variety of George Balanchine works at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of a week leading up to the Kennedy Center Honors. Excerpts of Mr. Balanchine’s works included Who Cares?, Western Symphony (2nd Movement), and dances from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. CPYB student… Read More

Nutcracker: Beloved Family Tradition

December 1, 2017
CPYB Nutcracker tradition

tradition (late 13c.) from the Latin traditus, meaning “deliver, hand over” Traditions bring us together with people we hold dear, allowing us to share meaningful times that become the memories we cherish through our lives. 125 years ago this Christmas, the Nutcracker had its premiere in St. Petersburg, and today, the ballet is a beloved… Read More

Hansel, Gretel, and CPYB dancers on a bittersweet journey

October 16, 2017
Journey CPYB Hansel and Gretel A New Page Blog

  The child lives a secure life until disruption arrives. A journey begins, as the child assembles a team of friends to share the trip. Evil arises, but the child discovers reserves of strength to do battle. The child triumphs, safe but transformed into a wiser, more mature self. This child could be Dorothy Gale,… Read More