Children's Division




Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of dance education. Give your child the opportunity to be introduced to the world of dance at a school that attracts dancers from across the nation and the world!

Girls and boys learn coordination, ballet vocabulary, and classroom etiquette in a progressive sequence based on their development. These classes help your son or daughter develop the life-long skills of focus, discipline and confidence.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet offers Children's Division classes in Carlisle at the CPYB Warehouse Studios and at the Capital Blue Store in Enola

Creative Movement I (For children 3 years of age by September 1)

This foundational class encourages a child’s sense of creativity and imagination while introducing them to the fundamental elements of movement. This course explores the creative and physical dimensions of each child in consideration of their cognitive, physical and social developmental needs. Students will gain awareness of music, rhythm and movement while exploring the concepts of space, time, force, movement, body and form. Age-appropriate classroom activities develop gross motor skills, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, while introducing students to the structure, etiquette and discipline of dance. The curriculum of this program progresses throughout the entire academic year in response to the developmental growth and progress of Creative Movement I students.

Registration Note: Creative Movement I students can register for one class (max) based on time and location. Students should not take more than one class per week and can only take at one location. Students must be potty trained!

Creative Movement II (For children 4 years of age by September 1)

Creative Movement II develops coordination, strength, flexibility and balance while awareness and exploration of space, time, body, form and movement become more complex. Classroom activities are designed to develop students’ locomotor and non-locomotor skills while further challenging their cognitive development and spatial awareness through the incorporation of patterning and sequencing. In addition to expanding on creativity, musicality, strength, flexibility and coordination, specific exercises designed to prepare students for ballet training will also be introduced. The curriculum of this program progresses throughout the entire academic year in response to the developmental growth and progress of Creative Movement II students.

Registration Note: It is recommended that Creative Movement II students take one class weekly, but may register for up to two classes (max) in either location. 

Pre-Ballet (For children 5 years of age or older by September 1)

Pre-Ballet provides a critical transition from Creative Movement to CPYB’s first level of classical ballet training. Fundamentals of foundational ballet technique will be introduced in this course. Children will become familiar with the structure and discipline of a ballet class. This is the first level of training where children will be introduced to barre work and basic ballet terminology. Elements of pantomime as it relates to classical ballet narration will also be incorporated in this class. Music, movement and creativity will continue to be explored in Pre-Ballet to best suit the developmental needs of students and ensure an efficient transition from Creative Movement to Level I. The curriculum of this course advances throughout the entire academic year. Minimum requirement: Two classes per week.

Registration Note: Pre-Ballet students must take a minimum of two ballet classes per week and can take at either location.

Pre-Ballet classes in Carlisle are currently full. We have space open in Enola. See the schedule for class times.

Tap  (For Pre-Ballet students only)

Tap class develops the student's 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.

Registration Note: Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet and who meet their minimum ballet class requirement can enhance their dance experience through Friday tap classes in Carlisle at no additional tuition cost.