The School

Come Study at the Nationally Recognized School of Classical Ballet

Marcia Dale Weary opened the Marcia Dale School of Dance – now Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet – in 1955, upon returning to her hometown after studying at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City under the tutelage of Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney. In 1989 The New York Times noted that Ms. Weary is “considered one of the country’s foremost ballet teachers.”

Ms. Weary’s love of ballet and commitment to excellence have made CPYB the celebrated leader in the world of dance education. Thousands of students over the past six decades have benefited from a curriculum focused on building technical strength, stamina and flexibility, and nurturing artistic development.

The school’s artistic leadership and faculty boast impressive résumés of world-wide experience and expertise. CPYB alumni are principals, soloists and corps de ballet members in the top companies in the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and the Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance. Other alumni pursue careers in dance-related fields such as choreography, teaching and arts administration.

CPYB Academic Year Program

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Academic Year Program consists of three divisions:

Each division challenges students in their physical, mental, artistic and emotional development. Classes focus on clarity of position and quality of movement, and help students develop, strengthen and perfect ballet technique. Performance experience is an integral part of the CPYB training.