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Carlisle, Pa. (May 10, 2016) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) ends its 2015/16 season with its legacy of crowd-pleasing classics and contemporary new works. June Series will include a rollicking Balanchine CPYB premiere, a stunning world premiere performance from emerging choreographer Price Suddarth with live music from the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra, a tender and boisterous Hineline revival, and more!

June Series runs Weds.-Sat., June 15-18, 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.

“This festival of dance brings a marvelous end to another fulfilling season,” said CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary.

Each performance in June Series is uniquely designed to enrich the lives of audience members with performances of classic and modern-day works of art while showcasing the dancers’ versatility and the Company’s vast repertoire.

“Balanchine ballets continue to play an essential role in CPYB’s repertory. To perform his legendary Western Symphony in this year’s June Series is momentous — audiences will experience his ‘ode to the Old West with its swaggering cowboys and high-spirited dance hall girls,’” adds Weary. “At the same time commissioning new works by distinguished artists stretches both our students and theatre-goers in new directions. It’s what keeps the art form alive and relevant!”

CPYB is pleased to introduce Price Suddarth of Pacific Northwest Ballet to the SouthCentral PA region in a work that combines the next generation of musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. Suddarth’s work represents CPYB’s third annual collaboration with the Orchestra.

Suddarth is already making his choreographic mark on the mainstage. Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered its first original work by Suddarth in November 2015: “Compelling … Set to a score by local composer Barret Anspach that appealingly channels both Vivaldi and Philip Glass, the dance … is the kind you get lost in. What remains ... a desire to see more of Suddarth’s work — soon.” (The Seattle Times) “A budding talent with range.” (Vanguard Seattle) “For such a young choreographer to craft such a powerful work is a rare and exciting thing.” (CityArts)

Ages span 5 to 20 in this showcase that includes 18 ballets. Each program is unique with performances that ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate. Program attached.

CPYB is supported, in part, by 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 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 Price Suddarth
Price Suddarth is an American choreographer/dancer currently based out of Seattle, Wa. His choreographic career began at the School of American Ballet's student choreographic workshop in 2007. From there he has worked with regional companies in various parts of the country. He has also participated in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Next Step performances (formerly the Choreographic Workshop). In 2012, Price was commissioned to create a ballet for the Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Annual School Performance. He has been asked to present his works at the 2012 Regional Dance America Gala performance, the 2014 Chop Shop: Bodies Of Work Contemporary Dance Festival, the 2015 Seattle International Dance Festival, as well as various showings at Seattle's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. In November 2015 the Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered its first original work by Suddarth.

CPYB June Series 2016 ATTACHMENT.pdf