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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Announces Enhanced Children’s Division and New Program Coordinator

Classes for 3 to 6 year-olds begin in September

Carlisle, Pa. (July 18, 2016) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is restructuring programming for its youngest dancers beginning with this year's fall classes schedule.

Building on a tradition of making classical ballet training available to all children, the enhanced Children’s Division will provide boys and girls 3 to 6 years old with foundational ballet training based on CPYB’s proven Teaching Syllabus©. Rose Taylor-Spann has been hired and will relocate to the region to serve as the Children’s Division coordinator. She, and other faculty with particular skills in educating children ages 3 to 6, will teach classes.

In a national search, CPYB identified Rose Taylor-Spann as the perfect leader for the revamped Children’s Division. Taylor-Spann is an accomplished dancer, educator, administrator and highly educated professional who is uniquely qualified to help children master dance, musicality and coordination while facilitating their development of imagination, self-confidence and an appreciation for the arts.

“I am thrilled to be joining CPYB and to further their mission to impact children’s’ lives through dance. In addition to receiving exceptional ballet training, boys and girls will learn the life-long values of determination, focus and hard work,” says Taylor. “They will thrive in a nurturing environment that offers sequential, age-appropriate course work.”

“Our Children’s Division will focus on introducing our littlest dancers to the joy of ballet,” explains Nicholas Ade, CEO of CPYB. “It is designed to create a bridge for children to cross into our proven ballet program. Living near the nation’s preeminent ballet school gives local parents the unique opportunity to expose their children to the highest caliber of ballet education possible right from the start. These students will receive the foundational training that our alumni – who are dancing on stages all over the world – received.” 

Children’s Division classes will be offered at CPYB’s two studios in Carlisle and at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill beginning September 9.

The following classes are available multiple times a week.

Creative Movement I encourages a child’s sense of creativity and imagination. Children gain an awareness of music, rhythm and movement while exploring the concepts of space, time, force, movement, body and form. (For children age 3 by Sept. 1)

Creative Movement II develops coordination, strength, flexibility and balance while awareness and exploration of space, time, body, form and movement become more complex. (For children age 4 by Sept. 1)

Pre-Ballet introduces fundamentals of ballet. This is the first level of training where children will be introduced to barre work and basic ballet terminology. Elements of pantomime as it relates to classical ballet narration will also be taught. (For children age 5 to 6 by Sept. 1)

Tap class helps improve posture and develop rhythm and coordination. As students learn to put dance steps together, they improve cognitive thinking skills. (For children ages 3 to 6 by Sept. 1)

Marcia Dale Weary describes the program as a balance of structure, learning and fun with a focus on preparing boys and girls to master foundational dance skills. “Applying the CPYB syllabus to this level gives our students a head start on their ballet training,” she says. “Parents need to know that introducing their children to the wonderful world of ballet at a young age offers so many benefits.”

Patrick and Sara Bowers say their now 9-year-old twin boys’ lives have been tremendously enriched by their experience at CPYB. “We first enrolled our sons because they loved to move, exercise and dance. At CPYB they quickly developed a passion for training, performing and learning the art of ballet. We believe their education at CPYB has helped not only make them strong, talented dancers, but also healthy, accomplished and caring human beings!”

Joi Corrado and Matt Fahnestock echo these sentiments about their daughter Peyton’s experience at CPYB. “There is no doubt the benefits of dance extend beyond the studio walls. We’ve seen Peyton’s confidence blossom and whether she realizes it or not, through dance she is learning that to achieve a goal it takes hard work, practice and commitment. These are skills that will serve her well throughout life.”

Registration for Children’s Division classes is open now. Parents may visit CPYB.org/ChildrensDivision or call 717.245.1190.

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to speak with the leadership staff about the Children’s Division. We can also arrange interviews with parents whose children have benefited from taking classes at CPYB. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or schulte@cpyb.org.

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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 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.

Rose Taylor-Spann
Rose Taylor-Spann earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in early childhood education and pointe preparation. Prior to completing her MFA in Ballet as a graduate assistant, Ms. Taylor-Spann was principal of the Lower School at Kansas City Ballet School where she was integral in the development and implementation of the school’s syllabus, choreography, program development and staging works for the Kansas City Youth Ballet and children in Todd Bolender's The Nutcracker. Her earliest dance education was with Jane Pierce of the Somerset Ballet School, Karen Brown and James Jordan of the Kansas City Ballet School in addition to study at the School of American Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Taylor-Spann danced with Kansas City Ballet before continuing her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy with esteemed faculty including Steve Brule, Clara Cravey and Claudio Munoz. She then became an instructor for Houston Ballet’s Lower School, assisting in developing curriculum for young dancers and teaching in the school’s Education and Community Engagement program. During her tenure at Houston Ballet Academy she also performed as a frequent guest artist and created afterschool programs throughout the Houston and Kansas City metropolitan areas. She later returned to Kansas City to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, graduating cum laude at The University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Ms. Taylor-Spann’s performing credits include: principal roles in Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and Continuo; George Balanchine's Serenade, Alvin Ailey's The River, La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Raymonda pas de dix, La Vivandière, the world premiere of Haydn’s The Seasons at the Internationale Haydntage Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and original works by Hilary Cartwright, Clara Cravey, DeeAnna Hiett, Mary Margaret Holt, Ilya Kozadayev, Jeremy Lindberg, Ronald Tice, Paula Weber, and William Whitener.