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A Lavish Ball Comes to Whitaker Center
Presented by Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, October 20 - 21

Carlisle, Pa. (October 2, 2018) – The students of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) invite all ages to Cinderella’s Ball on Saturday, October 20, at 1 and 5 pm, and Sunday, October 21, at 2 pm at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg.  

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but few know what really happened at the ball that night Cinderella met the handsome Prince. Alan Hineline’s Cinderella’s Ball reveals the untold story surrounding Cinderella’s rags-to-riches transformation. Cinderella finds her way to the ball and wins the heart of the prince, but not without a few mishaps along the way! Theatergoers will meet the elegant Cinderella, those clumsy Stepsisters, and a kindhearted Fairy Godmother for a comedic and elegant evening.

Complete with helpful, furry friends, a dashing Prince, a self-absorbed Stepfamily and an unforgettable ball, Cinderella’s Ball will spark children’s imaginations while giving a glorious taste of nostalgia for adults! Beautiful costumes, elaborate sets and accomplished dancers come together to make this a spectacular production.

“I’m thrilled to bring back a reimagined version of Cinderella’s Ball,” says Director of Artistic Programming and Choreographer Alan Hineline. “With another 10 minutes of family-fun added, Cinderella’s Ball is a wonderful introduction to ballet for all ages. The ballet’s humor and beautiful choreography will bring laughter and smiles to any who experiences it!”

“Capital BlueCross proudly supports the students of CPYB through the sponsorship of Cinderella’s Ball,” said Gary D. St. Hilaire, President and CEO, Capital BlueCross. “We are pleased to support these types of programs for youth. CPYB’s commitment to the growth of the next generation through expert ballet training and their culturally-rich performances make our surrounding community a better place for all.”

CPYB encourages all guests to come dressed as Cinderella, the Prince, or any familiar Cinderella character. In addition, guests are invited to attend a free, pre-curtain event, Storytelling Through Movement, to hear the story of Cinderella’s Ball and meet the characters! Story Telling Through Movement occurs at 12:15 pm on Saturday, October 20, and 1:15 pm on Sunday, October 21.

Ticket prices to Cinderella’s Ball range from $25 - $45. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. CPYB is Resident Ballet Company at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

Cinderella’s Ball was created by renowned choreographer Alan Hineline and is made possible through the generous support of Capital BlueCross.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and artistic staff about Cinderella’s Ball. For more information, please contact Shannon Cochran at 717.245.1191 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 Choreographer Alan Hineline

Alan Hineline brings a rare blend of artistic expertise and business agility to the nonprofit sector. With esteemed experience in artistic direction, executive leadership and organizational development, Hineline has a proven track record of strategically innovating and motivating organizations to achieve their missions while building relevant and sustainable futures. ​

Hineline brings a broad range of international artistic leadership, teaching and choreography credentials to his role as director of artistic programming at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Associated with CPYB since 1995, Hineline is charged with creating and acquiring repertoire that furthers the educational and artistic development of the students of the school. Hineline served as CEO for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 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.

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. Previously, Hineline lead Ballet Philippines, in Manila, as artistic director and chief operating officer. 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. An active participant in national and regional artistic and philanthropic communities.

An internationally sought-after choreographer, Alan Hineline’s work is in the repertories of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Ballet de Monterrey, Ballet Philippines, Pennsylvania Ballet, ProDanza Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Academy East, among many schools, colleges, universities and professional companies. As a teacher, Hineline has instructed every level of dancer, from beginner through professional. He is part of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty and has been a guest faculty member for, among others, Ballet Academy East and The Juilliard School. Along with these fine schools he has taught at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, Aoyama Ballet Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival.