COVID-19 Updates


March 26, 2020

Dear CPYB Families:

I’ll start with the good news. This past Monday I entered into one of the virtual classes (as I usually do to watch classes) a few minutes early and it filled my heart to see over thirty kids talking, laughing, greeting one another and meeting new friends…all because of ballet. I didn’t say anything, I just listened and saw the humanity and grace that brings us all together.

As we are developing new habits in this environment, many people have been asking so many justifiable questions. Simply put, we do not have many answers yet as we need to wait this out a bit longer. The Carlisle Area School District has extended its closure. As of now, the earliest CPYB would return would be April 13th, 2020. At that time, we can assess and answer many of your valid concerns about many of CPYB’s programs.

Please know we will do what is right, what is safe and what is best for all concerned. That is all we can do in these unchartered times…well that, and dance at home, watch a beautiful ballet and dream about the other side of this.

Please take care and sending my best,

Nicholas Ade, CEO


March 19, 2020

An Update Regarding Alan Hineline's Giselle 

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and community. 

With Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of canceling or postponing large gatherings of 50 or more people, we are saddened to inform you that the upcoming performances of Alan Hineline’s Giselle (April 25-26) have been canceled. 

Ticket holders currently impacted can:

  • Donate ticket purchase(s) to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution. As a non-profit arts organization, we need you now more than ever.
  • Exchange ticket purchase(s) for an upcoming performance. This credit is good for any performance through July of 2021, with the exception of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.
  • Be issued a credit for ticket purchase(s) that can be used towards a 2020/2021 season subscription package. 

Ticket purchasers can complete this form stating their preference by Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We are saddened by the cancelation of these performances and are more committed than ever to bringing you great art as soon as possible. Thank you for your support during these difficult and unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you back at the ballet. 

Darla Hoover, Artistic Director

Nicholas Ade, Chief Executive Officer

Ticketing Options Form 


March 13, 2020 (2:54 PM)

Dear Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) community:

At this time, the Carlisle School District has suspended classes until March 27, 2020.

As a result, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will be closed effective immediately. This decision was made in an abundance of caution and currently, there are no known cases of COVID-19 within the CPYB community. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is planning to reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020.

During this time, CPYB’s administrative offices are operational with staff both onsite and working remotely.

We understand the need to take significant measures to protect the health of our students, families, staff, faculty and community. All of us at CPYB thank you for your understanding and support at this time.

Please continue to monitor CPYB.org/updates for the latest communications on COVID-19.

Thank you,

Nicholas Ade, CEO


March 13, 2020

Dear Families and Visitors of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB):

The health of our students and families remains our number one priority as we continue to monitor COVID-19. Please know that we understand and respect your concerns as we use the guidance of the Centers for Disease and Control in conjunction with our local government officials to base our decisions.

Effective immediately, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is only open to current full-time academic year students.

We are suspending classes to any drop-in or visiting students until further notice. In addition, CPYB will be limiting all visitors not directly related to CPYB staff, faculty and families.

In addition, we continue stricter preventative measures that include:

  • CPYB requiring students to stay home when they or a family member are sick. Students will not be penalized for absences from class or rehearsal. Please refer to the CDC for further guidance on symptoms and recommendations.
  • Once a student feels they are well enough to return, a doctor’s note clearing a student will be required to return to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

We strongly encourage parents to drop their children off, however, we understand that our youngest students may need assistance in the building.

I personally thank you for your patience, cooperation and assistance as we navigate the ever-changing landscape surrounding COVID-19.

Your health and safety is our priority. We will continue to provide regular updates and recommend visiting CPYB.org/updates for the latest communications.

Thank you,

Nicholas Ade, CEO


March 12, 2020

Dear Families and Visitors of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB):

As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we are taking increased steps to help keep you, our staff, faculty and community safe. We are using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as our guide. While that information is valuable in our risk assessment, we are taking stricter preventative measures that include:

Current CPYB Families:

  • CPYB is requiring students to stay home when they or a family member are sick. Students will not be penalized for absences from class or rehearsal. Please refer to the CDC for further guidance on symptoms and recommendations.
  • Once a student feels they are well enough to return, a doctor’s note clearing a student will be required to return to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Visitors to CPYB:

  • All pre-planned visitors of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet must be screened prior to arrival.  A representative of CPYB will reach out to these visitors in advance.
  • Any unscheduled visitors must contact CPYB before visiting. Please call 717.601.2840 or email info@cpyb.org.

Continued sanitizing and everyday preventative measures are:

  • The disinfecting of barres after each class.
  • The disinfecting of syllabus books at the end of each day.
  • The disinfecting of door handles after each class.
  • The disinfecting of stereo equipment, including remotes, after each class.
  • The disinfecting of light switches and thermostats at the end of each day.
  • The disinfecting of high use areas in the student lounge and throughout all buildings.
  • Hand sanitizers and tissues continue to be available in each studio.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose.
  • Clean your hands.

Again, your health and safety is our primary priority. We will continue to provide regular updates and recommend visiting CPYB.org/updates for the latest communications.

Thank you,

Nicholas Ade, CEO