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FirstSteps 2016 Participants Begin Work January 18
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet plants choreographic seeds in future artists

Carlisle, Pa. (January 14, 2016) – Developing an understanding of the choreographic creative process while working with dancers in a leadership role puts students in different shoes. When five Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) student choreographers participate in FirstSteps 2016 and begin work in the studios on January 18, they will experience just that.

This year’s FirstSteps will culminate in two public performances at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle.

CPYB’s artistic leadership selected five students to become choreographers through a competitive process, which required them to submit a proposal about the musical pieces they would choreograph to and performance details.

New to this year’s program is CPYB’s collaboration with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in which HSO Maestro Stuart Malina will mentor Harrisburg Symphony YOUTH Orchestra alumnus Andrew Herring in the creation of an original composition. This new musical work will be paired with FirstSteps student choreographer Simon Hoke in the creation of his new ballet.

“FirstSteps, CPYB Student Choreographic Initiative, was begun in 2012 by former CPYB Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline to expand the training of our dancers beyond the traditional student/performer boundaries,” said CEO Nicholas Ade. “It is a pretty intensive process in which the student as choreographer creates a dynamic new work. It’s not necessarily about how the new piece turns out, but more about enriching the student’s understanding of what dance is and how to communicate through it and entertain an audience.”

Participants will spend 12 days (from Jan. 18-30) and approximately 34 rehearsal hours creating works with CPYB dancers.

Alan Hineline will serve as Director of FirstSteps 2016. Hineline explains the program, “FirstSteps provides a very individualized approach for our students to expand their education beyond the typical classroom experience. It is a unique opportunity for them to study and apply elements of classical composition to their personal choreographic approach; enabling them to express intellectual concepts in an incredibly visceral and physical form.”

The program will conclude with two public performances at 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, at the CPYB Warehouse Studios at 5 North Orange Street in Carlisle. Tickets are $10 per person, collected at the door. Seating is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP visit www.CPYB.org/FirstSteps or call 717.245.1190.

Special Event: CPYB, in collaboration with Jump Street, will host Teen Night at the Ballet on Friday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle. This free, teen-only event will feature the final FirstSteps dress rehearsal, including a student led Q&A and "Tweets and Sweets" reception. Teens can register to attend at http://cpyb.org/outreach/teen-night-at-the-ballet.

Teen Night at the Ballet is CPYB’s newest community outreach program designed to increase access to the arts. Students from CPYB share their talent and knowledge of ballet and performance. The high school interns with Jump Street's and™ magazine take the lead using their writing, interviewing and graphic design skills to promote the program to their peers.

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the student choreographers and dancers about the workshop. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of in-studio 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 Jump Street
Jump Street is a private, nonprofit community based arts incubator, serving Central Pennsylvania for nearly thirty years. Located in Harrisburg, Jump Street serves Cumberland, Dauphin and York Counties, with occasional projects expanding across Pennsylvania and beyond. Our expertise is in arts based program development, consulting to artists and arts organizations, and community arts development. Jump Street, by supporting community and economic development through art, has successfully employed art in a way that makes it tangible and accessible to many who perceive the world of art as inaccessible and closed to the masses. Additionally, we employ artists allowing them to practice their area of artistry while sharing their skills and abilities. We provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere in which artists and students from diverse backgrounds can have what is very often their first experience with various art forms and cultures. For young people, these arts processes offer a gateway to a broader education, workforce preparation, and richer lives. For seniors, our Thrive! program offers social interaction, cultural experiences and improved health and overall well-being.