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A Decade Later: Admired Artist Returns
to Hershey Theatre in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

CPYB Alumnus Ian Hussey Comes Full Circle to Perform “Cavalier”

Carlisle, Pa. (November 21, 2013)– Accomplished Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet alumnus Ian Hussey comes full circle as he returns to dance in CPYB’s holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Hussey last performed with CPYB as a student almost ten years ago to the day in December 2003. He will reprise the role of “Cavalier” in theDecember 21-22 performances at Hershey Theatre.

Since joining Pennsylvania Ballet, Hussey has performed title roles in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and George Balanchine works, including “Cavalier” in The Nutcracker and “Count Albrecht” in Giselle. He’s been recognized for featured roles in performances that include Matthew Neenan's As It's Going and Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs, and Paul Taylor's Company B.

"I am so excited to return to perform in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™,” said Hussey. “Marcia Dale Weary and her incredible faculty gave so much to me. It’s a privilege to return as a professional dancer to a place where I have so many special memories! I am proud to be part of CPYB's incredible legacy and honored to perform with the next generation of talented artists."

Maestro Stuart Malina will lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly colorful score at the Dec. 21-22 Hershey Theatre performances.

Pre-Performance Program: Prior to the afternoon Hershey performances, CPYB will host Lynn Matluck Brooksfor InSights, a pre-performance enrichment program. An editor for Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts, former editor for Dance Research Journal, and former writer for Dance Magazine, Dr. Brooks is a Franklin & Marshall College professor of humanities and dance. She will discuss The Nutcracker ballet’s influence on dance across America, having become what Time Magazine calls “a decidedly American phenomenon.” Freeand open to the public.

InSights Pre-Performance Program
The Nutcracker: A Decidedly American Phenomenon

12 p.m. Saturday, December 21
1 p.m. Sunday, December 22

The Hershey Theatre performances of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ are supported, in part, by Guest Artist Sponsor Giant Food Stores.

Performance Ticket Information:

Hershey Theatre
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 21
2 p.m. Sunday, December 22
Tickets range $21-$49
717.534.3405 or visit


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.


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 58 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.

Ian Hussey, Principal Dancer Pennsylvania Ballet
Ian Hussey was born in Westmont, New Jersey, and began his ballet training at age nine at The Rock School for Dance Education. In 2001, Hussey continued his training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Hussey also attended summer intensives with scholarship at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, among others.
Hussey was a member of Pennsylvania Ballet II and an apprentice before being promoted to the corps de ballet for the 2007-2008 season. He was promoted to soloist for the 2010-2011 Season and to principal dancer for the 2012-2013 season. Since joining the Company, Hussey has danced featured roles in ballets such as Matthew Neenan's As It's Going and Carmina Burana, Val Caniparoli's Lambarena, Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove and Nine Sinatra Songs, Paul Taylor's Company B, Mauro Bigonzetti's Kazimir's Colours, Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre) and After the Rain, Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée (Alain), Jirí Kylián’s Forgotten Land (Grey Couple), William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite (Pas de Deux 1), and George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments (Melancholic) and Agon (First Pas de Trois). His principal roles include the title role in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Cavalier in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™, Count Albrecht in Giselle, and Divertissement Pas de Deux in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also, Hussey has created leading roles in ballets such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Requiem for a Rose, Jorma Elo's Pulcinella, and Matthew Neenan's Pampeana #2, Penumbra, Keep, and At the Border