Primary Division

SUMMER Ages 6-92016-2017 SCHEDULE | DRESS CODE | 2017-2018 TUITION 

The Primary Division introduces and builds upon beginning levels of ballet technique. This division consists of levels 1A, 1Band 2A. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet offers beginning level classes in Carlisle at CPYB Warehouse Studios and CPYB Barn Studios, and at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill.

Students of all ages begin in Level 1A, learning the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all ballet steps. The student moves into beginning center work, away from the support of the ballet barre.

When the student learns the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student's body has become strong enough to accomplish the movements taught, then at the discretion of the Artistic Director, the student moves to the next level where more intricate steps and combinations are introduced. Advancement is based on ability, not age.

Performance experience is an integral part of a dancer's training at CPYB. Performance opportunities may be offered to students in Primary and Pre-Professional divisions. In order to qualify as a member of the CPYB performing company, students must comply with requirements as described in the Academic Handbook and Student Policies.

Beyond training in the studio and on stage, CPYB offers CPYB Dialogues, an informative seminar series on important topics such as nutrition and wellness, injury prevention, resume preparation, and more.

All students registered in CPYB's Primary Division will take a placement class at the beginning of the academic year to determine the class level in which they will benefit the most. Placement is based on ability, not age.

Placement class for Primary levels:
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Placement for all studio locations takes place at CPYB Warehouse Studios, 5 N. Orange Street, Suite 3, Carlisle, PA 17013

Primary classes begin:
Friday, September 9, 2016

2016-2017 SCHEDULE    Enroll Now

Classes are made available to Primary level students Monday through Saturday. To gain the most out of your training, it is recommended that students invest, at minimum, the following amount of time into their ballet studies per week:


Minimum Recommended
Classes Per Week

Available Classes
Per Week

Level 1A



Level 1B



Level 2A



CPYB Warehouse Studios &
CPYB Barn Studios
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
Level 1A
Ballet 4:30-
5:30 pm
5:30 pm

5:30 pm

5:30 pm

5:30 pm

10:00 am
Levels 1B-2A
Classes offered Monday-Saturday.
All class schedules are subject to change.


Grace Milliman Pollock
Performing Arts Center Studio 
Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri.
Level 1A

7-8 pm

  7-8 pm   4:30-
5:30 pm
Level 1A*   4:15-
5:15 pm
5:15 pm
6:30 pm
Level 1B   5:15-
6:15 pm
6:15 pm
8 pm
* Level 1A* is an advanced 1A class by invitation.
All class schedules are subject to change.


Download full dress code standards.


  • Black leotard, conservative traditional styles (no embellishments, low-cut backs, halters, high-cut legs or strap designs)
  • Pink tights with feet worn in the shoes
  • Black ballet shoes with elastic strap
  • Bra (if appropriate); underclothing must not show
  • Hair in a bun or similar style if possible; short hair secured with a band; all bangs neatly pinned or sprayed back


  • White leotard (Brand: Wear Moi Ivan) tucked in tights
  • Black tights
  • Black ballet shoes with elastic strap
  • White socks (short)
  • Black or tan dance belt (athletic supporter) if necessary
  • Hair neatly combed back out of face and secure

2017-2018 PRIMARY DIVISION TUITION      Enroll Now

Annual registration fee: $35
Annual security fee: $45

Level Tuition* per month
Level 1A $105
Level 1B $140
Level 2A $195

*Notes about tuition:

  • Tuition and Refund Policy
  • Payment of tuition entitles Primary Division students to take all ballet classes offered at their level or below.
  • Annual tuition is spread over 10 monthly payments and billed September–June.
  • The first month of tuition will be billed in September following placement classes.