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ChoreoPlan 2015 Participants Begin Work January 19
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet invests in the creation of new choreography

Carlisle, Pa. (January 16, 2015) – Creating new ballets on pre-professional dancers is a win-win situation. When three emerging choreographers arrive at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle this week for ChoreoPlan 2015 they will experience just that.

ChoreoPlan 2015 will culminate in two public performances at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle.

The internationally recognized ballet school, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), is pleased to offer aspiring and working choreographers the opportunity to create original, classically based works on a company of well-trained, classical dancers. The collaborative process feeds the artists in ways they don’t always expect. And CPYB students grow in new directions after working with visiting dancemakers, leaving the students with distinct advantages over their peers.

The ChoreoPlan 2015 choreographers selected from an international pool of applicants by CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and CEO Nicholas Ade are (choreographer bios attached):

  • Shayla Bott: Brigham Young University (BYU) assistant professor of dance, artistic director of BYU's Ballet Showcase Company and the University of Utah's Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Ms. Bott is the winner of Regional Dance America's 2012 National Choreographic Recognition Award.
  • Daniel Catanach: Master ballet teacher and choreographer, former Kansas City Ballet principal dancer, Mr. Catanach teaches nationally and internationally, including at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and at Steps on Broadway, and in Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
  • Jenna Nelson: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet company member, former Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet member, and former Oregon Ballet dancer, Ms. Nelson has choreographed new works for Oregon Ballet Theater.

“ChoreoPlan was begun in 1998 by former CPYB Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline,” says Ade. “The program encourages talented choreographers to further develop and hone their craft. At the same time, because our students participate in the making of a new work — rather than purely repeating variations that countless dancers have performed before them — they pick up choreography faster. They become flexible instruments for dancemakers and end up as more marketable dancers.”

Participants will spend 13 days (from Jan. 19-31) and approximately 40 rehearsal hours creating works with the dancers. The program will culminate in two public performances at 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at the CPYB Warehouse Studios at 5 North Orange Street, Carlisle. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child at the door. A child is age 12 and under. Seating is limited and tickets are available on first-come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets call 717.245.1190.


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the choreographers and dancers about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of in-studio 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 59 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.

CPYB ChoreoPlan Choreographer Bios.pdf