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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features New York City Ballet Principal Dancer
Guest artist Chase Finlay to perform at Hershey Theatre

Carlisle, Pa. (November 19, 2015) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to announce that its December 19 and 20 Hershey Theatre performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will feature guest artist Chase Finlay (Cavalier) — one of the country’s top dancers.

Finlay performs with the New York City Ballet (NYCB) where he has been a principal dancer since 2013. Since joining NYCB in 2008, Finlay has performed featured roles in works by renowned choreographers Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins, and the roles of Cavalier and Hot Chocolate in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

No stranger to CPYB, Finlay trained at the school’s summer ballet program in Carlisle.

Critics use words like “grace and gravitas” and “unassailable polish” to describe this superlative NYCB dancer. Making the most of his regal form, Finlay reflects technique so effortlessly that he appears to dance as if focusing “solely on revealing the music.”

"Bringing in guest artists periodically supports a CPYB student’s overall training, which performance is an integral part.” said CEO Nicholas Ade. “Our students become stronger, more versatile dancers as a result of working side-by-side in the studios and performing onstage with some of the finest professionals in the world of ballet.”

Theatre-goers will also remember Finlay from CPYB’s 2014 production Fancy Free, An Evening with Dancers from the New York City Ballet in which Finlay performed in the critically acclaimed Balanchine and Jerome Robbins works: the romantic “Emeralds” and the irresistible “Fancy Free,” respectively.

Finlay will perform in CPYB’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 20, at the historic Hershey Theatre, Hershey, Pa. Tickets range from $28-$51, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 717.534.3405, in person at 15 East Caracas Avenue in Hershey, or visiting hersheytheatre.com.

Maestro Stuart Malina will conduct the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s score at the Hershey performances.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.

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About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of classical ballet. Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning more than 60 years ago, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary envisioned a school where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today CPYB is the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet with an international reputation for training young men and women. The school’s renowned teaching methodology couples performance opportunities with innovative educational initiatives, an esteemed faculty, and a proven syllabus – all in an environment that promotes the acquisition of the life skills crucial to a child’s development.

Thousands of young people have passed through Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s acclaimed studios. CPYB alumni continually occupy top positions in the leading ballet companies from San Francisco and Miami to New York, London and beyond. Through the organization’s threefold mission – to inspire, educate and enrich – the legacy of Marcia Dale Weary and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet redefines the art form, preserves its history and shapes its future.

Chase Finlay, Principal Dancer New York City Ballet
Chase Finlay was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and began his dance training at the age of 8 at Ballet Academy East. He went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer of 2007 and later enrolled as a full-time student. Finlay became an apprentice with NYCB in September 2008, became a member of the corps de ballet in September 2009, was promoted to the rank of soloist in July 2011, and became a principal in February 2013.