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Two Eras of Music & Dance on the Whitaker Center Stage
One performance June 25

Carlisle, Pa. (May 17, 2016) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) presents a special one-night-only performance in celebration of our 60th anniversary.

This one-time 60th Celebration Performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, on the stage of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, where CPYB is the Resident Ballet Company. Tickets are available by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), online at whitakercenter.org, and in person at the Whitaker Center Box Office. All tickets $50 per person.

The program will include Alan Hineline’s rousing Roseland Pictures, performed to a live, nine-piece jazz ensemble and capturing the energy and verve of the Swing era. The work’s musical arrangement by six time EMMY® award winner Lanny Meyers brings big band and jazz standards to ballet with signature tunes of the legendary Duke Ellington, Billy “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn, Glenn Miller, and more.

The program will also include Serenade, the ultimate George Balanchine classic set to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” (1880). A milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America, earning Balanchine the distinction of heir of the Russian Imperial ballet tradition.

The performance will feature the return of Carlisle native and CPYB “barn baby” Leta Biasucci to the Whitaker stage. Having charmed audiences across the United States, the Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist and 2013 Dance Magazine 25 to Watch breaks “the mold” of dancer.

“Since its inception in 1955, CPYB has become a celebrated leader in the world of ballet,” said CEO Nicholas Ade. “There is no better way to commemorate the organization’s unprecedented history and pay tribute to our visionary founder, Marcia Dale Weary, than by sharing landmarks in the history of dance with the Central Pennsylvania region.”

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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

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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 nearly 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 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.