Choreographic Initiatives

ChoreoPlan 2015 - Coming January 19-31, 2015

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's ChoreoPlan, developed in 1998 by CPYB Resident Choreographer Alan Hineline, provides a laboratory setting for emerging classical choreographers to develop their craft in an atmosphere where process trumps product. Choreographers are provided the opportunity to create classically based works on CPYB’s company of well-trained, classical dancers in a 13-day studio workshop which culminates with public in-studio performances.

Interested classical choreographers are invited to submit an electronic proposal for the creation of a new work by August 1. Participants receive honorarium, accommodations, transportation and per diem.

Step 1: Proposal

  • E-mail resume with any letters of support
  • Link to choreographic works, e.g., YouTube or Vimeo file, and 
  • Proposed music and synopsis of new work
  • Deadline to receive materials: August 1, 2014

Step 2: E-mail materials to

Nicholas Ade, ChoreoPlan 2015 Director

Step 3: Notification

Selected choreographers will be notified on or about September 5, 2014. 

Highlights from ChoreoPlan 2013

During ChoreoPlan 2013 four choreographers, who were chosen from an international pool of applicants, spent 13 days at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle creating new works on CPYB dancers. The four ChoreoPlan 2013 choreographers selected by CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary and the ChoreoPlan 2013 artistic leadership were:

  • 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 the Chicago City Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Houston Ballet.


FirstSteps, CPYB Student Choreographic Workshop

FirstSteps, CPYB Student Choreographic Workshop further enriches the training of CPYB dancers beyond the traditional student/performer boundaries. Students develop an understanding of the choreographic creative process while working with dancers in a leadership role. The inaugural workshop took place January 2014 and culminated with public performances showcasing the choreographers’ created works at CPYB Warehouse Studios. The next showing of FirstSteps will be in February 2016.