The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet produces world-class dancers

Students travel from all over the world to participate in The Central PA Youth Ballet.

“If I had my life to live over again, I’d want to be living in the same world: the world of ballet,” says Marcia Dale Weary, the founding artistic director for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB).

Weary’s passion for classical ballet is prominent in her transformative work with CPYB. What started in a renovated sheep barn in 1955 has turned into an internationally renowned school for dance, offering training in and performance of classical ballet to students at all levels from beginner to pre-professional.

The distinctive student curriculum focuses on building strong technical strength, stamina, and flexibility, all while nurturing artistic development and teaching valuable life skills.

CPYB has 14 studios in the central Pennsylvania region, and over 21,000 students have passed through the institution—more than 80 alumni currently occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and more.

Students travel from all over the world—45 different states and nine different countries, to be exact—to participate in Weary’s programs. CPYB currently puts on over 17 performances each year and has been featured in well-known publications like The New York Times and Dance Teacher Magazine.

In the article for Dance Teacher Magazine titled, “Marcia’s Magic,” author 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.”

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