OUR STORY

Since 1988, Pennsylvania Regional Ballet formerly Cumberland Dance Company has been recognized, in the community and Northeast region, as a leader in the training of aspiring dancers, teachers, and choreographers.

 

Our Mission

Located across the river from downtown Harrisburg, the school’s progressive curriculum and diverse repertoire provide professional training in classical ballet, modern, tap and jazz relative to musical theatre, and contemporary ballet style, introduced through the company’s repertoire. International master teachers and choreographers are retained throughout the dancer’s training, offering valuable information and experiences to the student’s education.

The school and pre-professional company’s success has been through its commitment to provide professional dance training, nurture individual artistic quality and versatility, along with the faculty’s dedication to the emotional and physical well-being of the students.

The quality of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s programs is reflected in the accomplishments of its graduates. Our alumni are currently attending prestigious university dance programs, performing with professional companies, choreographing, teaching and serving as artistic directors.

The commitment of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s faculty and board of directors is to provide a center for professional training, guidance and education in classical ballet to its students, the community and the Central Pennsylvania region.


What We've Achieved

  • We’ve prepared numerous dancers for professional companies and competitive collegiate programs.

  • Member Regional Dance America/Northeast since 1988; Honors Company, Regional Dance America since 1998.

  • Scholarships have been awarded to our dancers at Regional Dance America Festivals; our selected choreographers have been awarded National Choreographic, Project Tier, Emerging, and Monticello Awards.

  • Resident Ballet Company of the Ned Smith Center for Nature & the Arts Amphitheater Project, 2008.

  • We’ve established educational outreach programs for the community including School Day Nutcracker Performances, Peter & The Wolf, The Ugly Duckling Residency, and most recently, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig.

  • For over 30 years, we’ve fostered an environment where young people learn and gain an appreciation for the arts!


 
 

Why Choose PRB?

Hear from PRB Families & school alumni

I just wanted to post a quick thank you to the school, and specifically to Coach Beth and Miss Allegra.

My daughter started ballet class with PA Regional Ballet this year. Meadow is nearly 4, and has been shy and quiet since her first indications of personality. It’s been difficult to get her into things because she tended to turn inward and shut down when anything difficult or unexpected happened. When we started, she didn’t like it. She would cry, and want to leave the classroom. She’d refuse to participate and would watch from the doorway. It became such a fight that we considered withdrawing her for our own sanity.

Coach Beth encouraged us to keep her in and give her a chance. Her and Miss Allegra would work with Meadow each session and through a combination of compassion and gentle persistence, they slowly got her out of her shell.

Before I know it, I’m seeing this side of her I had never seen before: Meadow was confident, spoke more loudly and directly. She went from deferential to fiercely independent with daily tasks. She didn’t give up on things when she wasn’t successful immediately. It wasn’t just that she was improving at moving around gracefully or performing a memorized routine... it was a shift in personality.

Tonight, I got to watch her absolutely shine on that stage. I caught a glimpse of the amazing potential within her being realized as she demonstrated her victory over her internal struggles. As someone who’s never really gotten into “the arts” in much of any sense, it’s strange to say this, but tonight I finally realized the true power and value — and the importance — of these types of institutions.

Thank you for helping my daughter discover herself.
— Mr. Schneider

Alumni

 

...I wanted to say that I have a new understanding for what you all went through to put on all the performances PRB has done. The club I am president of has over 200 members, 119 of which chose to perform this semester, either in the Nutcracker, our Fall Showcase (which could be akin to Spring Gala), or both. My vice president and I had to organize rehearsal space, theater space, lighting, costumes, and more, as well as funding for all of those elements. We were in charge of about 30 choreographers, as well as other dance organizations at Penn State that were guest performers in the shows.

I am now the one in the theater that is giving people center, quarter, or eighth to stand behind, shouting for pointed feet, strong arms, and emotions from the dancers. When I was the dancer who didn’t always know her spacing or was doing weird things with her hands/arms, I thought I was still trying my best. But now I see the ballet club’s dancers on the stage, where I cannot be, and I understand the frustration of knowing they can do more, knowing I could give more. That’s something I thought I understood in high school, but I realize you can’t really feel that until you experience it first-hand.

The part that makes it all worth it, as I’m sure you all know, is when the dancers are proud of what they’ve done. Seeing that all my work has kept someone’s passion for dance alive is worth all the sacrifice...

My time at PRB made me the leader I am today and has had a huge impact on the growth and professionalism I expect from the PSU Ballet Club. I want you all to know that every time I stand I stand in front of a class and say things like “transitions make a dancer”, “a-la-sebesque”, or “finesse your feet”, or when I’m backstage spraying glitter on everyone, each one of you is on my mind and in my heart.
— Mary Elaine Decavalcante
I want you to know that although it may have never shown, many of us dancers appreciate all you’ve done for us. Whether it be teaching us the proper way to prepare for the dreaded arabesque turn or the most polite of manners in and out of the studio. As I’ve moved on to a different part of my life, I feel it’s necessary to look back and appreciate who has shaped me into the person I am today. Yeah, I have a lot more life to live. But it’s never too early to tell people that you love them and care about them. With that in mind, I hope you always know how much you each influenced me. I’m sure I’m not alone on this either. Sometimes it just takes time away from something to realize how amazing it was. I am so grateful to have had such caring, influential people help raise me. I cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done and I encourage you all to continue to shape the lives of the kids passing through PRB.
— Courtney Seeno