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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Announces 2016/2017 Season Line-up

You Thoughts You Knew the Legend ... But There's More to the Story:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Celebrate the Sparkling Holiday Confection that Always Delights:
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Be there when the Sleeping Beauty Awakens from a 100 Years Sleep!: 
The Sleeping Beauty

Inspiring, Magical, Captivating Choreography!

Carlisle, Pa. (August 10, 2016) – The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to present its 2016/17 performance season transporting audiences — through music, story and beauty in movement — to places of wonder.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The 2016/2017 season opens at the Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, on October 22&23 with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A romantic rivalry is brewing in Sleepy Hollow between new school teacher Ichabod Crane and local tough guy Brom Bones for the hand of town beauty Katrina Van Tassel. The action heats up when the town hooligans step in to create a bit of their own “superstition.” Based on Washington Irving’s literary classic. The tale features an original score by Emmy Award-winning composer Lanny Meyers. Choreographer Alan Hineline’s eye-catching, full-length ballet is packed with surprises that will captivate audiences right up until its sensational ending!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
Toys come alive in CPYB’s annual presentation of the yuletide classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. CPYB begins its two-weekend run in the intimate Sunoco Theater at Whitaker Center, on December 10&11, and concludes with live accompaniment by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stuart Malina at the opulent Hershey Theatre, Hershey, on December 17&18. Sponsored, in part, by Co-Presenting Sponsors Marjie and Don Mowery and R.S. Mowery and Son, Inc.

The Sleeping Beauty
A 16th birthday celebration, wicked fairy’s fury, and pricked finger will carry audiences away to the magical world of one of the most illustrious fairytales on April 8&9, 2017. Last performed in 2013 to sold-out audiences, The Sleeping Beauty is a masterpiece of storytelling. Choreography by Alan Hineline. All set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. 

June Series
Audiences will receive an added bonus when CPYB wraps up the 2016/2017 season in the longstanding springtime mixed-bill tradition, June Series, June 14-17. Five unique programs bring together new works by today’s notable choreographers with classics and audience favorites that ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate.

On the world premiere of an original ballet by Alan Hineline based on the hits of the 50s jukebox era, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary said, “I am excited to introduce another Alan Hineline premiere to the Central Pennsylvania audience. Alan has the unique ability to maintain the integrity framing a dance style and positioning it within ballet language — totally charming theatre-goers.”

Weary added, “This season’s programming transcends generations. These young artists dance with breathtaking artistry and astounding skill. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will remind theatre-goers that life is meant to contain an abundance of adventure, beauty and joy!”

Ticket prices vary by production. Single tickets go on sale September 1. Call the Whitaker Center at 717.214.ARTS (2787), go online at, or visit in person the Whitaker Box Office at 222 North Market Street, Harrisburg. Hershey ‘The Nutcracker’ tickets can be purchased by calling Hershey Theatre at 717.534.3405, online at or in person at the Hershey Box Office at 15 East Caracas, Hershey.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. CPYB is Resident Ballet Company at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

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


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.

About CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary
Ms. Weary is celebrated by critics and peers alike as one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet. She began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pa., in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Under her leadership, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has produced thousands of exquisitely prepared, classically trained dancers, including Ashley Bouder, Lia and Jeffrey Cirio, Kathleen Breen Combes, Carrie Imler, Tara and Zachary Hench, Ian Hussey, Sean Lavery, Tina LeBlanc, Abi and Jonathan Stafford, and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 80 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Weary’s unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors, and her unique teaching style has brought Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated Ms. Weary produces “dancers well known in the ballet world.” According to DanceTeacher magazine, she “produces students who have the whole package — attention to detail, early technical development, and a broad socialization into the arts.” Ms. Weary and CPYB have been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, television news and features, and in the award-winning documentary film presented on national public television “Children with a Dream.”

She has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions over the past two decades including the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania; the 2000 Carlisle Regional Arts Award, of which she was the first recipient; the 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth; and the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award; the Central Penn Business Journal 2010 Woman of Influence Award for her leadership, integrity and accomplishments; an honorary doctor of Performing Arts degree from Dickinson College in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts; and most recently, Leadership Cumberland honors in recognition of her dedication to changing lives through dance.

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