Student Spotlight

Maddie Jameson Inside and Outside of the Studios


Ten years ago, I received a letter when I was in second grade. I remember running to my mom after school, so excited: I was invited to join DiscoverDance, an outreach program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, created to further the school’s mission, to enrich younger generations that don’t have access to the arts.

That letter invited me to participate in a full, 15-week workshop held at CPYB’s studios.  Little did I know that I would later be one of few chosen to receive a DiscoverDance Scholarship, allowing me to further my ballet training for the past ten years.  

When I was younger, I never knew what ballet was let alone that I was going to be a part of this ballet community. When I took my first class in the little red barn of CPYB, Marcia taught us how to act properly and how to have discipline in our lives. She expects respect towards both the students and teachers and creates an enjoyable yet focused environment that provides a sense of community. The students and teachers of CPYB have become my home away from home.

Ballet is second nature to me; a lifelong hobby, and hopefully my career. It is something that I enjoy working on for extensive hours a night, six days a week.

Dancing at CPYB allows me to meet new people from all around the world while creating lasting relationships with students and faculty. These relationships are unbreakable. These people are the most generous, warm-hearted people I know, and I am so grateful to get the opportunity to perform alongside them. CPYB is a place where I love to spend time with the people that mean the world to me.

Outside of ballet, I am a Junior at Carlisle High School. At the beginning of my sophomore year, my friend Jocelyn and I went to our Principal to propose our idea of starting a Best Buddies club to help create a more inclusive school environment. In the same way, I call CPYB my home, I want special needs students to feel at home too.   

I decided to start this club because I feel that special needs students deserve a chance to experience high school in the same way others do. For the past three years, the program has continued to grow, and special needs students are able to know they have someone to talk to, say hi to in the halls, and eat lunch with: They know they have a friend who cares about them. 

About the Author

Madison Jameson has been dancing at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for 10 years. Age 17 she is an eleventh grade Honor Roll student at Carlisle High School. She enjoys hiking and traveling. She has performed in CPYB’s Childhood Songs, Polka Dots, and Carnival of the Animals, Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Giselle, and Cinderella, Rex Wheeler’s Memoir, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Her parents are David and Renee Jameson.