Pre-Professional Division


Take Your Training to the Next Level

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's established training program has helped dancers realize their dreams for more than 65 years. Our proven curriculum, developed by renowned Founder Marcia Dale Weary, was designed to progress your skills and prepare you for success in the dance world and beyond.

Our distinguished faculty, led by Artistic Director Darla Hoover, includes experts in the field, former professional dancers, choreographers and celebrated guest teachers and coaches.


New students are required to audition for the program.

Auditions and Admissions 

Students who were enrolled in the 19-20 Academic Year at CPYB can find instructions in the Student Center. 


Students in the Pre-Professional Division consisting of Level 4 through 8 earn their placement in each level through hard work, determination, and discipline. Those who have achieved proper technique may qualify to participate in pointe, pas de deux, variations, and men’s class, in addition to the regular technique classes. The amount of time spent in a level depends solely on the student’s individual improvement and is determined by the Artistic Director. 

Performance opportunities will be offered to students in Primary and Pre-Professional divisions who qualify based on requirements as described in the Academic Handbook and Student Policies, and at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

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.


In the Pre-Professional Division, students participate in all required classes available at their level Monday through Saturday. Additional optional classes are also made available. Pre-Professional Division classes take place Monday-Saturday. Class times vary by level and day but typically begin by mid-afternoon and end by 9:15 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday classes begin at 9 a.m. and end before 6:30 p.m. (not including rehearsals). Sunday classes may be offered for certain levels only.


CPYB provides merit and need-based financial aid to students. Learn more about our scholarship offerings and application dates. 


Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet does not provide housing for students relocating to Carlisle, PA.

CPYB works with the Carlisle School District so that students wishing to maintain traditional academic schooling may do so. CPYB students may receive humanities and physical education credits at CSD allowing them to have a condensed schedule.