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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Taps 4 Choreographers for ChoreoPlan 2017
Original works to premiere January 28

Carlisle, Pa. (December 14, 2016) — Four emergent choreographers will arrive at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) studios in Carlisle on January 15 for two weeks dedicated to creating original works. The program will culminate in two public, in-studio performances of the new works on Saturday, January 28, at 3 and 5 p.m.

As the nation’s preeminent ballet school, CPYB will bring an international caliber of talent and experience for the creation of new works during ChoreoPlan 2017. Now in its 18th year, ChoreoPlan offers aspiring and working choreographers an exceptional opportunity to create works on a company of highly-trained, classical dancers.

Alan Hineline, CPYB director of artistic programming and ChoreoPlan founder, will serve as the 2017 Director.

“ChoreoPlan encourages the creative development of both choreographers and CPYB students,” said Hineline. “The collaborative process feeds the artists in ways they don’t always expect, and CPYB students grow in new directions after working with visiting dance makers. It’s a win-win situation for choreographers and students alike.”

The program encourages further development of classical choreography through the establishment of a low-pressure, non-competitive laboratory environment where process trumps product. Artistic directors, dance presenters, and the dance community at large are given a single venue in which to view the work of fresh, emerging choreographers. In addition, Southcentral Pennsylvania audiences have the opportunity to get inside the creation of new works, which in return increases the size of the audiences for CPYB's repertory performances.

“ChoreoPlan provides opportunities for choreographers to explore the relevance and boundaries of classical ballet,” adds Hineline.

CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and Hineline are pleased to announce this year’s selected artists (see attached for full bios):

Joseph Morrissey is director of dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Previously he was the director of artistic planning and touring for the Hong Kong Ballet. His choreography has been featured internationally. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre. Joseph holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University in addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Classical Ballet from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. He is a four-year graduate of The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Terpsicore Dance Company, Mirable Ballet, Bellingham Repertory Dance and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. He has served as an instructor at the University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy. Now living in Boston, Kevin continues to choreograph throughout the country.

Durante Verzola is an apprentice with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now only 20 years old, he has been praised as a “choreographer on the rise.” He began his early training with Marisa Paull, and continued with the Kansas City Ballet School and Kansas School of Classical Ballet. At the age of 16, Durante left home to train with the Miami City Ballet School on full scholarship. He attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In 2014 he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet II.

Amanda Edge is on faculty at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has performed internationally and on Broadway. She performed a variety of principal roles with the New York City Ballet for 15 years. Amanda graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Arts Administration. Throughout her performing career, Amanda has enjoyed teaching and staging ballets. Amanda is particularly passionate about sharing the ballets of George Balanchine. Working as a répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust, she has staged a number of his works.

ChoreoPlan participants will spend approximately 35 rehearsal hours creating works with the dancers.

In-studio performances: Seating is limited and tickets are available on first-come, first-served basis.

3 & 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28
CPYB Warehouse Studios
5 North Orange Street, Carlisle
Tickets: $10/person
RSVP: or 717.245.1190


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the director, choreographers and dancers about ChoreoPlan 2017. 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.

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 ChoreoPlan Director Alan Hineline
A lifelong advocate for the arts, Alan Hineline delivers a rare blend of business acumen and artistic expertise with a proven track record of motivating organizations to achieve their artistic and strategic missions.

As chief executive officer of Ballet San Jose, Hineline led all aspects of the organization’s mission fulfillment - working closely with trustee and artistic leadership on strategic initiatives, board development, financial stewardship, institutional marketing and fundraising campaigns, and artistic programming. Hineline served as CEO for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) from 2009 to 2014. His strategies to expand the CPYB profile and develop financial support of the organization’s mission put CPYB on a path toward long-term sustainability and viability for future generations of students and audience members. Previously, Hineline lead Ballet Philippines, in Manila, as chief operating officer and artistic director. In his role, he oversaw a complete rebranding of the organization including repertoire expansion, artistic development of the company artists, and a heightened institutional profile.

Hineline returns to the CPYB faculty with a broad range of international teaching credentials. An in demand choreographer/ballet master, he has created more than 25 works for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. His body of work can also be seen in the repertories of companies throughout the world including American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ballet Philippines.

Hineline sits on the national advisory board of Regional Dance America. He is the founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s choreographic initiative, ChoreoPlan. Among his many awards is the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation, as well as multiple National Choreography Awards from Regional Dance America.

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