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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Presents 4 Premiere Packed Days of Dance
Cirio world premiere in Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra collaboration

Carlisle, Pa. (May 20, 2015) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) ends its 2014/15 season with a flourish as it presents June Series, a four-day extravaganza of spectacular ballet. June Series will include contemporary works, two classic Balanchine Company premieres, a stunning world premiere performance from up-and-coming choreographer Jeffrey Cirio with live music from the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and more!

June Series runs Weds.-Sat., June 17-20, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, where CPYB is Resident Ballet Company. Tickets are available by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), online at whitakercenter.org, and in person at the Whitaker Center Box Office. Schedule and ticket pricing attached.

“This festival of dance brings a marvelous end to another fulfilling season,” said CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary.

Each performance in June Series is uniquely designed to enrich the lives of audience members with performances of classic and modern-day works of art while showcasing the dancers’ versatility and the company’s vast repertoire.

“Bringing new work into the CPYB repertory is a critical element in keeping the art form both alive and relevant,” adds Weary. “This year we are especially delighted to welcome CPYB alumnus and Boston Ballet principal dancer Jeffrey Cirio for June Series and to continue our annual collaboration with the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra.”

Cirio’s recent choreographic debut on the Boston Ballet stage met with widespread praise: “Watching Jeffrey Cirio’s piece you lose track of where you are.” (Leahslife.com) “Jeffrey Cirio’s fremd hits all the right notes … a testament to [the] choreographer’s fine-tuned expertise. fremd bewitches the audience. Bravo, Boston.” (Settingthebarreblog.com) “How to describe fremd? It’s fluid. Mechanical. Inventive. Innovative.” (Itsnotlikeacat.com)

Ages span 5 to 20 in this showcase that includes 21 ballets with new works also by emerging choreographers Matthew Powell and Kelly Ann Sloan. Each program is unique with performances that ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate. Program attached.

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 artistic 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 nearly 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.

About Jeffrey Cirio
Jeffrey Cirio began his ballet training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 2006 he received a Grand Prix medal in the regionals and a gold medal in the New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix. Later that year, he won a bronze medal at the U.S. International Ballet competition. He became a trainee with Boston Ballet School, performing with the school and company. Cirio joined Boston Ballet II for the 2007-2008 season and went on to train at Orlando Ballet School with Peter Stark and Olivier Munoz. He was the first American to win a gold medal at the 2009 Helsinki International Ballet Competition. Cirio returned to Boston Ballet in 2009 as a corps de ballet member. He was promoted to second soloist in 2010, soloist in 2011 and principal dancer in 2012. Most recently, Cirio has been choreographing numerous competition solos and pieces for Boston Ballet Ball, Boston Ballet II, and Ballet Academy East. He is the creator and artistic director of Cirio Collective, ciriocollective.com, which will take residency at The Vineyard Arts Project in Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod this summer. 

CPYB June Series 2015 ATTACHMENT.pdf