ChoreoPlan 2017 

Director: Alan Hineline

Thank you for your interest in ChoreoPlan 2017. We’ve received a very positive response to this Saturday’s performances and at this time the 3 and 5 p.m. showings are filled. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please click HERE.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017: 3 & 5 p.m. 

Where: CPYB Warehouse Studios, Carlisle

Tickets: $10/person

RSVP 3 p.m.    RSVP 5 p.m.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet unveils 4 NEW works! 

Experience new works when ChoreoPlan 2017 culminates in two public in-studio performances. 

ChoreoPlan provides a laboratory setting for emergent classical choreographers to develop their craft in an atmosphere where process trumps product. Now in its 18th year, CPYB will bring an international caliber of talent and experience for the creation of original, classically based works on CPYB's company of well-trained dancers in a 13-day studio workshop January 15-28. 

CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and ChoreoPlan 2017 Director Alan Hineline are pleased to announce this year's selected artists: 

  • Joseph Morrissey: Director of dance, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Former director of artistic planning and touring for The Hong Kong Ballet, Morrissey's choreography has been featured internationally. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre. 
  • Kevin Jenkins: Has choreographed for Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Terpsicore Dance Company, Mirable Ballet, Bellingham Repertory Dance and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. He has served as an instructor at the University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy. 
  • Durante Verzola: An apprentice with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now only 20 years old, he has been praised as a “choreographer on the rise.” 
  • Amanda Edge: Performed internationally, on Broadway, and in principal roles with the New York City Ballet for 15 years. Ms. Edge is on faculty at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She works as a répétiteur for The George Balanchine Trust staging a number of George Balanchine works.

The ChoreoPlan 2015 choreographers chosen from an international pool of applicants are:

  • Shayla Bott: Brigham Young University (BYU) assistant professor of dance, artistic director of BYU's Ballet Showcase Company, former director of Utah Valley University's Repertory Ballet Ensemble, and former Utah Regional Ballet dancer, Ms. Bott is the winner of Regional Dance America's (RDA) 2012 National Choreographic Recognition Award.
  • Daniel Catanach: Master ballet teacher and choreographer, founding member and former Kansas City Ballet principal dancer, Mr. Catanach teaches nationally and internationally, including at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem and at Steps on Broadway, and in Paris, Rome and Stockholm.
  • Jenna Nelson: A The Suzanne Farrell Ballet company member, former Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet member, and former Oregon Ballet dancer, Ms. Nelson has choreographed new works for Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Visiting choreographers to train CPYB students

Four emerging choreographers brought their personal style and diverse creativity to ChoreoPlan 2013. 

  • David Fernandez: A choreographer, dancer, and ballet teacher based in New York.
  • Amy Hall Garner: A Juilliard School graduate, Mrs. Garner is emerging as one of America’s unique and diverse creative talents.
  • Kunal Ranchod: Currently in his final year at Ryerson University’s Theatre School, Mr. Ranchod trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, Dansecore School of Dance, and the School of Alberta Ballet.
  • Laura Katz Rizzo: Ballet choreographer, scholar and pedagogue began her ballet training under Hortensia Fonseca at the Maryland Youth Ballet, later studying at Chicago City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Houston Ballet.

ChoreoPlan brings new work, technique to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

CPYB’s Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary selected four choreographers from an international pool of applicants:

  • Brian Enos of San Francisco, Ca., has been making dances since age 14 and has been described as “a wonder kid of contemporary ballet.” He has created works for companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, DanceWorks Chicago, Ballet Austin II, Chicago Ballet and Hubbard Street 2.
  • Hazel Sabas-Gower danced with Ballet Philippines as principal dancer and has her master's degree from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She has been Ballet Mistress with Ballet Memphis where she choreographed works and also received critical acclaim in the Choreographic Competition Finals in Paris, France.
  • Avichai Scher, a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet, has appeared on stage with American Ballet Theater and Paris Opera Ballet. His has created works for American Ballet Theater Studio Company and Miami City Ballet. In 2005 DANCE Magazine recognized Scher's work by putting him in the “Top 25 To Watch.”
  • Kelly Ann Sloan, currently dancing in her fifth season with the Los Angeles Ballet, started choreographing for the benefit show Beyond Ballet: Career Transition Fund for Cincinnati Ballet Artists, was commissioned to create a piece for Cincinnati Ballet’s 2005 New Works Festival, and has shown works at Ballet Builders in New York City, the Choreography Under the Stars Competition in Palm Desert, Ca.,  Pointeworks in Canton, Ohio, the Outlet Project in New Jersey, and Los Angeles Ballet’s new choreography showcase. 

CPYB performance to highlight guest choreographers


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