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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet licensed to perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Carlisle, Pa. (November 14, 2016) — During 2016 The George Balanchine Trust based in New York City once again approved Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) to hold the Trust license to perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® over the 2016 holiday season. This is the 24th year that CPYB has again received the annual license to perform the famed Balanchine work.

To be approved by The George Balanchine Trust, a ballet company must submit performance footage showing the full company and exhibiting the dancers’ technique, agility and speed. Footage is requested to include women en pointe and men dancing, as well as partnering. While other areas are considered, including budget, performance ability is the key requirement to be approved by the Trust.

Only eight ballet companies hold the prestigious license: U.S. companies are the Alabama Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and the international The Royal Danish Ballet company. Of the companies, CPYB is the only ballet school granted license.

In making this announcement Nicholas Ade, CEO of CPYB said, "We are honored to again be granted The George Balanchine Trust license to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ and be the only organization in Central Pennsylvania to do so."

Ade went on to say, “George Balanchine showed a quality of musicality, artistry and creativity that really sets his Nutcracker apart from all other Nutcrackers. Balanchine really ‘heard’ Tchaikovsky’s score and made all of the characters come to life through the music.”

Marcia Dale Weary, founder of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet stated, “From the time I started the school it was a passion of mine for CPYB to perform great works so the residents of of our region and their families would have the opportunity to be part of the very same productions performed on stages such as the Lincoln Center in New York and stages internationally."

Performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® will be on December 10&11 at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg and December 17&18 at the Hershey Theatre, Hershey.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Whitaker Center at 717.214.2787 or or the Hershey Theatre at 717.534.3405 or


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: For interviews, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available.


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.