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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Invited to Perform On
the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Carlisle, Pa. (November 6, 2017) – Nicholas Ade, CEO of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in Carlisle, Pa., announced today that the school has been invited to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as part of a week celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors.

CPYB will perform a selection of George Balanchine works the evening of November 29, 2017, on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center.

Meg Booth, Director of Dance Programming at the Kennedy Center, said, “For dance on the Millennium Stage, we look to the best and brightest of the local, national and international dance community. Alumni of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have regularly appeared at the Kennedy Center, performing as members of great companies. Given the school’s reputation and connection to Balanchine choreography — the only school licensed to perform 'The Nutcracker' annually — our dance programming team at the Kennedy Center felt it was a perfect opportunity to reach out for a tribute to Mr. Balanchine.”

CPYB will honor George Balanchine with a performance featuring some of his most beloved ballets, including Who Cares?, Western Symphony (2nd Movement), and dances from George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerÒ.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious national celebration of the arts,” said Ade. “This will be a remarkable experience for our students and is affirmation of CPYB’s leadership in the world of dance education. We are taking CPYB to a national stage, which we are so proud of. Our dancers are honored to be part of this prominent event and excited to represent CPYB in this renowned venue.”

The performance is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit  The performance will also be livestreamed online on the Kennedy Center’s website.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the CPYB performers and artistic staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Shannon Cochran at 717.245.1790 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Shannon Cochran.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of dance education. 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 nationally recognized 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. As a nonprofit arts education organization, CPYB provides access to world-class ballet training through the support of generous donors.

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 The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Millennium Stage embodies the Kennedy Center mission and vision, inviting audiences to celebrate our collective cultural heritage in an inclusive, accessible way. Millennium Stage, now in its 21st season, explores countless artistic styles and inspires the community to engage in the performing arts. Welcoming local, national, and international artists, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance, 365 days a year at 6 p.m., streamed live on the internet.


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