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CPYB FirstSteps

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet student choreographer Abby Jayne DeAngelo instructs dancers in the creation of her work “luso la kuvina” during the CPYB FirstSteps 2016 choreographic workshop.

Joel Thomas Photography

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s dancers will once again take part in shows produced through the company’s biannual student choreographic workshop, “FirstSteps.”

This year, 13 aspiring student choreographers submitted proposals to participate in FirstSteps, and all 13 were invited to participate in nine hours of choreographic composition class. Following the class, four students were selected to produce their new, original works starring fellow CPYB dancers.

The choreographers will spend 12 days altogether creating and rehearsing the new works.

The workshop culminates with in-studio performances at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the CPYB Warehouse Studios off Orange Street in Carlisle, next to Project SHARE.

“Giving students the opportunity to choreograph their own works allows them to explore another facet of the art form,” said Alan Hineline, director of artistic programming at CPYB. “Bringing their creative visions to life provides an experience that enriches their dancing and matures them as artists.”

Selected student works will also be performed on the Whitaker Center stage in Harrisburg as part of CYPB’s “June Series.”

The public is invited to attend limited-seating performances for FirstSteps this Saturday, and tickets are $10 per person.

To RSVP, visit www.CPYB.org/firststeps.

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