Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet dancers take part in a production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.”

photo by Rosalie O’Connor

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet was invited to perform a selection of George Balanchine’s works on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage later this month.

The invitation is part of a week celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Center Honors.

CPYB will perform at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 on the stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., which is free and open to the public. The performance will also be livestreamed online on the Kennedy Center’s website.

CPYB will perform parts of Balanchine’s most beloved ballets, including “Who Cares?,” “Western Symphony (2nd Movement)” and “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.”

“We are thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious national celebration of the arts,” said NIcholas Ade, CEO Of CPYB. “This will be a remarkable experience for our students and is affirmation of CPYB’s leadership in the world of dance education. We are taking CPYB to a national stage, which we are so proud of. Our dancers are honored to be part of this prominent event and excited to represent CPYB in this renowned venue.”

“For dance on the Millennium Stage, we look to the best and brightest of the local, national and international dance community,” said Meg Booth, director of dance programming at the Kennedy Center. “Alumni of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have regularly appeared at the Kennedy Center, performing as members of great companies. Given the school’s reputation and connection to Balanchine choreography — the only school licensed to perform ‘The Nutcracker’ annually — our dance programming team at the Kennedy Center felt it was a perfect opportunity to reach out for a tribute to Mr. Balanchine.”

For more information, go to www.kennedy-center.org.

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