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Sound and Movement Returns to Whitaker Center Stage
Provides Learning Opportunity for Youth

Carlisle, Pa. (January 31, 2018) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) and Market Square Concerts (MSC) bring Sound and Movement back, a free interactive program to inspire an interest in dance and music in the region’s school-aged children. In its second year, Sound and Movement will employ the language of emotion to develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the arts for children.

Sound and Movement: The Language of Emotion will explore a variety of emotions. From anger to joy to belonging, children will have the opportunity to come on stage and learn how to communicate a full range of emotions through movement and music.

Two programs will be offered on February 18, 2018, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. on the Whitaker Center stage, Harrisburg. Re Rabassi-Davis, DiscoverDance coordinator and faculty member at CPYB, and Peter Sirotin, Artistic Director of MSC, will take children on a journey through the rich world of human emotions with dance movements and musical sounds.

“Sound and Movement is an opportunity for the youth in our region to experience dance and music tangibly. Children will see, hear and feel the arts as they truly are,” explains Rabassi-Davis. “Both organizations are passionate about creating an atmosphere for children to understand the arts on a deeper level.”

The program will feature performances by CPYB dancers with music by Mozart, Chopin, Elgar, Prokofiev and Schubert performed by violinist Peter Sirotin, Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony, and pianist Ya-Ting Chang, Executive Director of Market Square Concerts. 

Sirotin adds, “This year, Sound and Movement will focus on several specific emotions and the way they are communicated by music and dance. To perceive emotion, understand it, and act accordingly is a life skill that is developed in early childhood. Sound and Movement is a fun and interactive platform for this development.”

Last year, more than 55 children participated in the inaugural Sound and Movement program. Nicholas Ade, Chief Executive Officer of CPYB, says, “We are thrilled to reprise this program that supports our vision of changing lives through dance. Last year’s participants had a fun and educational time experiencing music and dance up close on stage. We are confident that even more children will benefit this year.”

Programs are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Attendees can RSVP at

Sound and Movement: The Language of Emotion
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
12:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, February 18
Free and open to the public

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to speak with members of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet leadership about this collaboration with Market Square Concerts. For more information, please contact Shannon Cochran at 717.245.1790 or


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 Market Square Concerts
Since 1981, Market Square Concerts has been dedicated to the presentation of a wide repertoire of chamber music performed by distinguished professional artists, both established and emerging, and to the education and engagement of the general public in chamber music as an art form. With an annual summer festival and six concerts in the regular season, Market Square Concerts presents premieres of newly composed music as well as the monumental works from the most revered composers from the past and present.