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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents Jukebox

Celebrating the hits of the bandstand era

Carlisle, Pa. (May 8, 2017) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) closes its 2016/17 season with its legacy of crowd-pleasing classics and contemporary new works: June Series.

June Series will include the world premiere of Alan Hineline’s nostalgic Jukebox, celebrating the hits of the 50s and 60s. George Balanchine meets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the CPYB revival of Divertimento No. 15.

Adding to CPYB’s repertoire, the dancers of CPYB will perform Balanchine’s passionate “Élégie” from Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3 and debut a new work from emerging choreographer Rex Wheeler with live music from the YOUTH of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

June Series runs Weds. through Sat., June 14-17, 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.

On the world premiere of Hineline’s bandstand era creation, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary said, “I am excited to introduce another Alan Hineline premiere to the Central Pennsylvania audience. Alan has the unique ability to maintain the integrity framing a dance style and positioning it within ballet language — totally charming theatre-goers.”

Hineline’s Jukebox features such memorable songs as “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” and “Just One Look.”

CPYB is pleased to introduce Rex Wheeler, of Smuin Contemporary American Ballet, San Francisco, to the SouthCentral PA region in a new work that combines the next generation of musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. Wheeler’s work represents CPYB’s fourth annual collaboration with the Orchestra.

Critics use words like “swooping fluidity,” sending “dancers soaring both physically and emotionally,” and “full of ah-ha! moments” to describe this rising British-born choreographer’s work.

Ages span 5 to 20 in this showcase that includes 21 ballets. Each performance in June Series is programmed to enrich the lives of ballet novices and loyal patrons alike with performances of classic and modern-day works of art while showcasing the dancers’ versatility and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet vast repertoire.

“This festival of dance brings a marvelous conclusion to another fulfilling season,” said Weary.

Jukebox is made possible through the support of Kris Olewine Milke, Amanda Lavis and Dave Pederson, Rhoads & Sinon LLP, and Whitehouse & Shapiro, LLC. Based on libretto by Hugh Aberman.

CPYB is supported, in part, by season underwriters F&M Trust and Members 1st Federal Credit Union, 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 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 Choreographer 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.

About Choreographer Rex Wheeler
Rex Wheeler was selected to participate in the 2016 New York Choreographic Institute, founded by Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of the New York City Ballet. Wheeler currently dances with Smuin Contemporary American Ballet in San Francisco and after creating two new works for their Choreographic Showcase created a new work for their 2016 'The Christmas Ballet' series. 

Born in London, Rex Wheeler trained at The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. As a student he performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet and on several occasions for the Royal Family. Wheeler joined Slovak National Ballet in 2009 followed by Sacramento Ballet in 2010 where he choreographed many new works for the company creations program and for the School of Sacramento Ballet. Rex most recently created “Lenten Rose” for Richmond Ballet in 2015 and has created many new works for Utah Regional Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Mid-Columbia Ballet, Maple Youth Ballet and for Ballet Academy East. As a founding member of Capital Dance Project, he has created three new works for their “Behind the Barre” series and has collaborated with local Sacramento Artists on many new projects.

In 2014 Wheeler was commissioned to choreograph French Horn Rebellion’s music video “Swing into It” and was selected to dance in the National Choreographer’s Initiative for three consecutive years. As a dancer, he has performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang, Septime Weber, Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert, Ron Cunningham, Trey McIntyre, and Nicholas Blanc. 

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