Join the Movement
Since 1955, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has been changing lives through dance. As we continue to navigate the changing world around us, facing the uncertainty of what comes next, we can embrace the joy of uniting through dance and savor the moments we share together.
While government mandates require us to wait a bit longer to open our studios, we wanted to share an update with you.
Adapting to a Virtual Environment
CPYB has completed fourteen weeks of online classes in partnership with Ballet Academy East (BAE). We offered both a full schedule to our academic year students, as well as open classes for students around the world. More than 400 students have logged over 350 hours of classes online taught by fourteen teachers from BAE, ten from CPYB, and three guest faculty.
Our students have also had the opportunity to virtually meet with Noelani Pantastico, Principal Dancer at PNB, Lia Cirio, Principal Dancer at Boston Ballet, both CPYB Alumni, Christopher McDaniel, BAE Alumni, as well as Sara Mearns, Principal Dancer with NYCB, and Julie Kent, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet and former Principal Dancer with ABT.
Because of the great success of our online classes, we have reimagined our 5-Week Summer Ballet Program into a virtual program that will bring ballet into the homes of students across the country starting next week.. Our faculty will provide hours of instruction and practice while building students’ strength and confidence during these unstable times. This newly expanded program will also allow students to take new class offerings, including hip-hop, modern, character, strength and stretch classes, and to enjoy Meet the Artist sessions as well.
All of this has been made possible with the help of our dedicated faculty and staff who received funding thanks to the Paycheck Protection Program, which is providing financial security to them for eight weeks.
Facing a New Set of Challenges
We have faced new challenges as well. Our production of Alan Hineline’s Giselle was canceled as the result of Pennsylvania’s stay at home order. This production would have marked the fourth time in CPYB’s 65-year history that our students would have performed this iconic ballet, and not being able to follow through on the preparation our students had done for it was disappointing. Our Founder’s Series performances — the culminating performance for many of our students, representing a year of hard work, as well as the opportunity to perform in front of our 5-Week Summer Ballet students and their families – also had to be canceled, much to our dismay. Canceling these performances has meant lost opportunities for our students, and of course, lost ticket revenue for CPYB.
We see losses beyond the studios and stage, as well. The streets of Carlisle, PA will lack “bunheads” this summer as our students take classes virtually instead. With a $15 million-dollar impact on Central Pennsylvania, our lost revenue impacts not only CPYB, but our larger community as well.
How You Can Help
We cannot face these problems alone. We need your help! The Sunoco Performance Theatre at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts seats 638 patrons. We are challenging you to help us reach our goal of “selling out” the theater.
We have designed a t-shirt that benefits Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Relief Fund. Each shirt purchased represents one seat in the theater. The proceeds will go towards critical needs for the organization in response to the changing landscape we are currently facing.
Help us as we navigate towards our goal of a sold-out theater today either with the purchase of a t-shirt and/or through an outright donation. With your help, we can change lives through dance for years to come.