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CPYB’s proven curriculum provides students with unparalleled training. Founding Artistic Director, Marcia Dale Weary has developed a curriculum that is focused on building technical strength, stamina, and flexibility as well as nurturing artistic development and teaching valuable life skills. For over six decades CPYB has consistenly been a leader in dance education. Currently, over 80 students are dancing professionally.
Students participate in daily technique classes, men’s classes, partnering classes, and rehearsals. Students also have bi-weekly strength training sessions at UMedGym. CPYB is known for rigorous, thorough and meticulous work. This also means a great amount of commitment from our students.
Students train 6-7 days per week for about 25 to 35 hours each week depending on level and the current rehearsal schedule. Weekday classes generally begin at 4:00 pm and finish at 9:00 pm and Saturday classes run from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. There is an optional Sunday class for intermediate and advanced students.
Male Scholarship Students participate in bi-weekly strength training classes in order to enhance their partnering abilities, jump higher, and perform at a higher level. Each student receives a personalized strength training program designed to target individual needs by building strength, increasing power, and improving stamina. Students also have the opportunity to take pilates classes and schedule massage and physical therapy sessions onsite at our warehouse studios.
Performance experience is an integral part of your training. CPYB is the resident ballet company at the Whitaker Center for the Performing Arts located in Harrisburg, Pa. Students have the opportunity to participate in four fully produced productions each year. Students have the chance to participate in:
- Fall Production (usually a storybook ballet; Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Hansel and Gretel or similar)
- George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
- Spring Production (usually a full length ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, or similar)
- June Series (a showcase of all levels including works from George Balanchine, Alan Hineline, and other choreographers)
In addition to these performances, CPYB offers an in-studio series of performances including a choreographic workshop and community performance.
CPYB encourages our students to prepare for both their artistic careers and/or their future in higher education. Students attend local public or private schools, or participate in an online program offered by their home state. CPYB works with local school districts to provide academic flexibility to our students. Students have also taken courses at Dickinson College for college credit.
Male Scholarship students are awarded a housing stipend to offset much of the housing costs. CPYB partners with various host families who believe in CPYB’s mission and will support your son for the next two years. Host families are located in Carlisle, Pa. which offers a unique atmosphere of higher education and small-town charm.
Once accepted and registered, students will receive a host family list; host families vary in the services they provide and independently set rates. It will be the student/family’s responsibility to iron out details such as meals provided, dietary restrictions, and transportation with the host families.
CPYB's studios are located in the historic town of Carlisle located in south central Pennsylvania. Offering a unique atmosphere of higher education and small-town charm, Carlisle’s surroundings allow your son to concentrate on realizing his dreams. Carlisle is located just 35 minutes from the Harrisburg International Airport, two hours from Philadelphia, Pa. and Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.
Under the guidance of the Men’s Program Coordinator Simon Ball, former principal dancer at Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet, the CPYB Men’s Program is pleased to offer men’s classes taught by Ball, Nicholas Ade, CEO of CPYB and former dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Bruce Thornton, former soloist with Miami City Ballet. Click here to view a full list of faculty members.
Our staff and faculty commits itself for preparing students for careers both in ballet and beyond. Individual counseling sessions are provided to male scholarship students providing them with resume building assistance, audition tips, warm introductions to artistic directors from ballet companies throughout the United States, and advice on careers in dance and beyond.
CPYB has over 80 alumni currently dancing in companies including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Miami Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, among others.
Students are required to submit an audition video. Videos should be no more than 20 minutes in length and show the applicant's current technical abilities and body structure. Full audition video requirements can be found here.
There is no fee to apply for our Two-Year Male Scholarship Program.
Interested applicants must complete two steps to be considered for a scholarship:
Step 1: Review the Application and Audition Requirements. Then students should complete and submit the online Male Scholarship Program application. There is no application fee.
Step 2: Create a Scholarship Video Audition. Your video should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Please refer to the application and audition requirements above.
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