Welcome to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet!

You’ve been accepted…now what?

Schedule and Calendar
Hard work, determination, and discipline are the cornerstones of our Pre-Professional Ballet Program. Here, your dedication earns you a well-deserved place in each level, as you immerse yourself in a culture of growth and achievement.
Pre-professional students experience 25 to 30 hours of intensive training per week, excluding rehearsal hours. Weekdays are dedicated to classes from 4:00 PM to 8:15 PM, with an optional technique class available from 3:00-4:00PM. Saturdays continue the rhythm from 10AM to 5PM, with scheduled breaks to recharge. And when it’s time to perfect your craft on stage, rehearsals extend until 9 PM on weekdays and until 5:30 PM on Saturdays, starting right after your morning classes.

At CPYB, we understand the journey of pre-professional ballet dancers. That’s why our program offers unwavering support and rigorous training, guiding students towards excellence in every pirouette and plié. From refining technique to exploring the intricacies of pointe work, pas de deux, variations, and men’s classes, every aspect of your development is meticulously crafted to propel you towards your ballet dreams.


Reach your potential and refine your artistry with CPYB’s Pre-Professional Ballet Program. Your journey to the stage starts here.

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At CPYB, our Academic Year tuition is set for the entire school year, providing stability and consistency for you and your dancer. This comprehensive fee covers all classes, rehearsals, and performances, with no surprise charges for extras like costumes or performance coaching. We’re committed to offering competitive pricing compared to other leading ballet programs, as shown in the table below. Additionally, we offer discounts for upfront payment or a two-installment plan. Otherwise, tuition payments are conveniently made every two months. We strive to create the best environment for your aspiring dancer while ensuring transparency and affordability for our families.

Annual Tuition: $6,500.00 with options to pay in full or installments.


Cost of Living Difference



Central Pennsylvania
Youth Ballet




School A

0.71% LOWER than Carlisle



School B

0.3% LOWER than Carlisle




CPYB collaborates closely with the Carlisle Area School District (CASD) to offer students the option of traditional, in-person academic schooling while pursuing their passion for dance. Through this partnership, CPYB students seamlessly earn humanities and physical education credits at CASD, streamlining their academic workload. With a condensed schedule running from 7:40 AM to 12:45 PM, students enjoy the best of both worlds without any additional charges.

For those seeking more flexibility or specialized educational opportunities, CPYB also supports students in pursuing online programs of their choice. One such option is Dwight Global Online, renowned for its excellence in education and tailored to accommodate the demanding schedules of dedicated dancers. Interested students can directly contact Dwight Global Online for tuition information, ensuring they receive a world-class education while pursuing their dance ambitions.


Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet does not offer housing for students moving to Carlisle, PA. Instead, we provide a dynamic host family program designed to empower students to personalize their experience to match their unique personalities, social preferences, and study habits. Upon acceptance, you’ll receive a curated list of housing options, each carefully vetted to ensure safety and comfort. Every host family on our list is required to have PA Child Abuse, State Police, and FBI clearances, to allow a secure environment for our students.


At Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), we’re passionate about preparing our students not just as dancers, but as artists poised for professional success. Performance is an important component of our training philosophy because we believe it’s essential for developing well-rounded, versatile dancers.

Each December, our students step onto the stage, embodying the grace of George Balanchine’s iconic choreography in The Nutcracker, a privilege exclusive to CPYB as the only licensed school in the world. But that’s just the beginning. In the Spring, our repertoire extends to the classics like Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty, showcasing the depth and diversity of ballet’s heritage.

In June, our students take the stage in a dynamic mix of contemporary, modern, classical, and neo-classical works. This immersive experience not only hones their technical skills but also nurtures their artistic expression, preparing them for the demands of today’s dance world.

At CPYB, we don’t participate in competitions. Instead, we focus on cultivating a deep understanding of performance artistry. By participating in a wide range of productions, our dancers develop the adaptability and versatility sought after by top companies and directors worldwide.

Join us at CPYB, where every performance is an opportunity to shine, to grow, and to transform into the artist you were meant to be.


Elevate your ballet journey at CPYB. Experience a holistic approach that not only refines your technique but also nurtures your body and mind to their fullest potential.

At CPYB, we’re dedicated to strengthening, lengthening, and stabilizing both your body and mind. Through our tailored conditioning program, you’ll discover newfound strength to support your dance technique. Our offerings include invigorating Pilates sessions and personalized semi-private conditioning programs designed specifically for ballet students like you.

Step into our state-of-the-art conditioning room, equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines, to further enhance your physical capabilities. In the unfortunate event of injuries, rest assured that our on-site physical therapy and massage therapy services are readily available outside of class times, ensuring you receive the same level of care as professional dancers.

To aid in your recovery journey, we’ve teamed up with Hyperice to provide cutting-edge recovery equipment, including Normatech leg and hip boots, as well as back, knee, and shoulder wraps that offer soothing massage and heat therapy, among other revitalizing items.

But our commitment doesn’t end there. We understand the importance of mental well-being in dance. That’s why we’ve partnered with Persistence Psych, a renowned company specializing in supporting high-functioning athletes and dancers. Through engaging seminars and FREE one-on-one confidential appointments, you’ll receive the vital mental health support you need to thrive both on and off the stage.

At CPYB, excellence in ballet meets comprehensive care for the body and mind. Your journey to becoming the best dancer you can be starts here.

Upcoming Events:


March 23-24 
Swan Lake and Alan Hineline’s The Four Seasons
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
April 3-10
Balanchine Repeiteur Darla Hoover Staging George Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht
Marcia Dale Weary School
June 12-15
Founder’s Series 
(Mixed Repertory performances that include works from George Balanchine, CPYB’s Alan Hineline and more)
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Schedule a 1:1 Meeting with:

Alan Hineline

Director of the Pre-Professional Division & Resident Choreographer

Nicholas Ade

Chief Executive Officer & Faculty