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CPYB and the Camp Hill School District Announce New Affiliation

Carlisle, Pa. (July 2, 2012) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) and the Camp Hill School District (CHSD) announced today that they have entered into an agreement whereby CPYB will teach after-school preschool and beginning level classes at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center (TPC) in Camp Hill. This is the culmination of CPYB’s search for an additional location to offer its world-class ballet training in southcentral Pennsylvania.

The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center is a unique state-of-the-art teaching, learning and production center attached to the reopened Eisenhower Elementary School in Camp Hill.

Dr. David F. Reeder, CHSD Superintendent, says, “We are excited to welcome the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to The Pollock Center as part of the arts programming for the District and community. CPYB brings an internationally renowned program to TPC enhancing enrichment opportunities in the arts for our students. Together, we look forward to furthering the ‘value of excellence’ which characterizes both CPYB and the Camp Hill School District.”

CPYB Chief Executive Officer and Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline explains, “We have been continually seeking ways to fulfill our founding artistic director’s vision to make dance accessible to all in the capital region. Residents of Camp Hill and the surrounding areas have continually expressed interest in attending classes outside of our main studio in Carlisle. The Pollock Center opportunity allows CPYB to fulfill this mission and meets the market demand. This is a perfect match.”

The parties have entered into a two-year agreement where CPYB faculty will offer classical ballet training at TPC’s dance studio through after school programs. In addition, CPYB will have performances at The Pollock Center for CHSD students and the public, enhancing the cultural experiences available in the region. “CPYB has seen cultural growth impact economic growth in the Carlisle region. Therefore, we view this agreement as beneficial all the way around – for CPYB students, for the District, and also for the economy of the region,” shares Hineline.

CPYB is reserving 50% of the enrollment for Camp Hill Borough families. Students from across the region also are invited to participate. Preschool and beginning ballet classes for dancers of varying ages and levels will be available. CPYB will bring the same world-class syllabus, unparalleled level of training, and professional faculty to TPC as at its internationally renowned school in Carlisle. Marcia Dale Weary, Founding Artistic Director, will also teach at the new location. “This offers Camp Hill area families convenient access to dance training for their children. When I founded CPYB in 1955, my dream was to make dance accessible to all. This collaboration is one more important development in reaching this goal,” says Weary.

Class registration will begin in June. Classes will start at TPC in September. Class schedule attached. For further information about the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center visit For further information about Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet visit


Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet/The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing (TPC) Arts Center Class Information

The Pollock Center classes start date: Monday, September 10, 2012

Placement* class for Primary Division: Friday, September 7, 2012

*Students registering for the Primary Division are placed into class levels (1A- 2A) based on ability. Students registering for Preschool Division classes do not take placement class.

Classes offered at The Pollock Center:


Pre-Ballet (Kindergarten, Ages 5 to 6)

  • 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
  • Students may register for one or two classes per week

A prelude to formal ballet instruction, students will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a non-competitive learning environment fostering a love for dance and music. Exercises promote correct posture, technique and flexibility, while expanding gross motor skills and developing balance and strength. Students begin learning French vocabulary, movement expression, and proper ballet etiquette.

Tap (Ages 4 to 6)

  • 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
  • Students may register for one or two classes per week

Tap class helps improve the student’s posture and develop rhythm and coordination. As students learn to put dance steps together in a variety of ways, they improve cognitive thinking skills. Precise musicality and classroom etiquette are emphasized.


CPYB’s Primary Division offers progressive levels of ballet training that focus on developing technique. The Primary Division features beginning levels for learning ballet and consists of four levels: 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B. Students progress through these levels as through grades in any school; however, all students move at different rates. Advancement is based on ability, not age.

All students begin in Level 1A, learning basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and French vocabulary that defines ballet steps. The student moves into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre.

When the student learns the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student’s body has become strong enough to accomplish the movements taught, then at the discretion of the Artistic Director, the student moves to the next level where more intricate steps and combinations are introduced.

Level 1A

  • 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday

Level 1A*

  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Friday

Level 1B

  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Monday, Wednesday
  • 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday
  • 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Friday

Level 2A

  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Friday

Registration information:

Students may reserve their spot for the 2012-2013 academic year at TPC by pre-registering beginning in June. Pre-registration forms can be downloaded at Paper applications may be requested by calling 717.245.1190.

Students registered in CPYB’s Preschool or Primary Division at TPC may also take classes at CPYB’s Carlisle location.

About The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center
The Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center (TPC), is a unique teaching, learning and production facility attached to the reopened Eisenhower Elementary School. The Pollock Center includes a 500 seat theatre, a dance studio, a green room, lobby and outdoor performance areas as well as training rooms for vocal music, instrumental music, visual and graphic arts. This new 106,500 square foot, state-of-the-art center, serves Camp Hill School District students, while also benefitting the community.        

About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB)
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of our students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.

About Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary
Ms. Weary is celebrated by critics and peers alike as one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet. She began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pa., in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Under her leadership, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has produced thousands of exquisitely prepared, classically trained dancers, including Ashley Bouder, Jeffrey Cirio, Lia Cirio, Zachary Hench, Carrie Imler, Abi and Jonathan Safford, Ethan Stiefel and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 70 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Weary’s unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors, and her unique teaching style have brought Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated Ms. Weary produces “dancers well known in the ballet world.” According to Dance Teacher magazine, she “produces students who have the whole package—attention to detail, early technical development, and a broad socialization into the arts.” Ms. Weary and CPYB have been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, television news and features, and in the award-winning documentary film presented on national public television “Children with a Dream.”

She has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions over the past two decades including the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania; the 2000 Carlisle Regional Arts Award, of which she was the first recipient; the 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth; and the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award; the Central Penn Business Journal 2010 Woman of Influence Award for her leadership, integrity and accomplishments; and most recently, an honorary doctor of performing arts degree from Dickinson College in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts.

About CPYB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline
Hineline brings a rare blend of business acumen and artistic expertise to one of the nation’s foremost schools of classical ballet. He comes directly to CPYB after serving as artistic director and chief operating officer (COO) of Ballet Philippines.

A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Hineline’s work has appeared in the repertories of many companies in North America and has been received enthusiastically in performances around the globe. In 1997 at the invitation of Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Hineline was named resident choreographer for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During the last 15 years, he has created numerous ballets for this internationally acclaimed school and company. His body of work can be seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Atlanta Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. His work has been performed at the New York International Ballet Competition, the Aoyama International Ballet Festival in Tokyo, and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the founder of CPYB’s choreographic initiative, ChoreoPlan. Among his many awards is the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation, as well as multiple National Choreography Awards from Regional Dance America.

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