An Update Regarding Alan Hineline's Giselle 

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet remains committed to the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and community. 

With Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of canceling or postponing large gatherings of 50 or more people, we are saddened to inform you that the upcoming performances of Alan Hineline’s Giselle (April 25-26) have been canceled. 

Ticket holders currently impacted can:

  • Donate ticket purchase(s) to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as a tax-deductible contribution. As a non-profit arts organization, we need you now more than ever.
  • Exchange ticket purchase(s) for an upcoming performance. This credit is good for any performance through July of 2021, with the exception of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.
  • Be issued a credit for ticket purchase(s) that can be used towards a 2020/2021 season subscription package. 

Ticket purchasers can complete this form stating their preference by Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We are saddened by the cancelation of these performances and are more committed than ever to bringing you great art as soon as possible. Thank you for your support during these difficult and unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you back at the ballet. 

Darla Hoover, Artistic Director

Nicholas Ade, Chief Executive Officer

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A Tormented Tale of Eternal Love!

Considered one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet proudly presents the timeless performance of Giselle, an internationally renowned, powerful tale of desire, deception, and forgiveness from beyond the grave. The New York Times calls it “the classic of all ballet classics.” 

Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle continues to enthrall audiences today, 179 years after its triumphant premiere. Set to Adolphe Adam’s exhilarating score, every element of Hineline’s Giselle—the choreography, lighting, sets and costumes, and music—will draw you into this miraculous journey of love. 


Photos: CPYB's 2012 performance of Alan Hineline's Giselle © Rosalie O'Connor Photography 




Giselle is a ghost-filled ballet that tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his seduction.


The second act is largely dominated by the Wilis, the spirits of maidens who died after being betrayed by their lovers, and take revenge in the night by dancing men to death by exhaustion. Led by Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis, they summon Giselle from her grave and target her lover for her death, but Giselle's great love frees him from their grasp. They gain their power in numbers as they effortlessly move through dramatic patterns and synchronized movements, and control the stage with their long tulle dresses and stoic expressions, creating an ethereal atmosphere that builds as they gradually close in on Albrecht. By saving Albrecht from the Wilis, Giselle also saves herself from becoming one of them.