Located in the vibrant historical community of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLET (CPYB) is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet providing complete ballet training highlighted by trademark clarity of technique and artistic aplomb.
Since 1955, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has grown from a small, local dance studio into a sprawling facility with 10 studios in Carlisle at the CPYB Warehouse Studios, and only blocks away, at the historic Barn Studios. CPYB also holds classes in Camp Hill at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center. More than 21,000 students have passed through the esteemed institution. Currently more than 70 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and San Francisco, to name only a few.
Under the guidance of Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, CPYB provides exceptional dance training for beginning to pre-professional dancers and enhances the cultural climate of the Central Pennsylvania region through ballet performances.
In addition to the Primary and Pre-Professional ballet programs, CPYB’s Preschool Division offers Mommy & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and Pre-Tap for children ages 2 to 6. The Open Program offers training for adult students age 13 and up in various dance disciplines such as Hip Hop, Pilates, ballet and tap.
Ms. Weary began producing full-length ballets in the 1960s at the local Carlisle high school auditorium with a handful of loyal dance enthusiasts. Today more than 13,100 patrons annually enjoy the beauty of classical ballet. As the Resident Ballet Company of Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, CPYB's season includes both classical and contemporary performances in the fall, winter, spring, and in June. CPYB is honored as the only pre-professional company in the country licensed to perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. This holiday classic is performed both at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at the historic Hershey Theatre.
Joseph Carman, dance critic for The New York Times, wrote, “London, Paris, St. Petersburg, and New York are well known for their first-rate ballet academies, training many of the best dancers in the classical form. Add to that list Carlisle, PA, a town with fewer than 20,000 people and a modest economy driven by state government jobs and the defense industry….Marcia Dale Weary and her Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have produced dancers well known in the ballet world.”
CPYB was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine. In the article titled, Marcia’s Magic, Kristin Lewis wrote, “She produces students who have the whole package—attention to detail, early technical development and a broad socialization into the arts. It seems a given that companies nationwide will continue to be stocked with her dancers for many years to come.”