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

Kids With Grit: 6 Compelling Lessons from Hansel and Gretel

September 26, 2017
Hansel and Gretel A New Page Blog

Hansel and Gretel prove they are quite the resourceful, clever little kids. They manage to make good on their stepmother sending them alone into the eerie North Woods to search for food, and they escape the clutches of the wicked witch. They’ve got grit. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will stage Alan Hineline’s adaptation of Hansel and Gretel… Read More

The Game That Can’t Be Won

September 11, 2017
Game A New Page Blog Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

“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
CPYB ballet clas

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