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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Market Square Concerts Collaborate to Inspire Children through Dance and Music

Carlisle, Pa. (December 8, 2016) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) and Market Square Concerts are collaborating on a new program to inspire an interest in dance and music in the region’s school-aged children. Sound and Movement is an interactive educational program aimed at helping children develop a deeper appreciation of the arts.

The first program, Sound and Movement: Human Expression Through Dance and Music, will answer the question “Why does it make me feel this way?” The programs kick off on January 22, 2017, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. on the Whitaker Center stage, Harrisburg. The program will focus on the ways dancers and musicians communicate complex emotions to the audience. Nicholas Ade, Chief Executive Officer of CPYB, and Peter Sirotin, Artistic Director of Market Square Concerts, will explore human expression in different cultures through dance movements and musical sounds.

The program will feature performances by CPYB dancers with music by Gershwin, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky and de Falla performed by violinist Peter Sirotin, Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony, and pianist Ya-Ting Chang, Executive Director of Market Square Concerts. 

“An exciting element of this program is that children will actually be able to join the artists on stage and immerse themselves in the magical world of live performance!” explains Ade. “Through these inspirational experiences, we hope to ignite a passion for the arts in our youth and our region.”

Chang adds, “The ability to perceive emotion in music develops early in childhood and continues throughout life. Perceiving emotion in music is also subject to cultural influences. This program will help children appreciate and understand the nuances of emotions in music and dance across American, European and Asian cultures in a fun and interactive way.”

Programs are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Attendees can RSVP at

RSVP Information:

Sound and Movement: Human Expression Through Dance and Music
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, January 22
Free and open to the public


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to speak with members of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet leadership about this collaboration with Market Square Concerts. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or


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 Market Square Concerts
For 35 years, Market Square Concerts has been dedicated to the presentation of a wide repertoire of chamber music performed by distinguished professional artists, both established and emerging, and to the education and engagement of the general public in chamber music as an art form. With an annual summer festival and six concerts in the regular season, Market Square Concerts presents premieres of newly composed music as well as the monumental works from the most revered composers from the past and present.