Registration Now Open for Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s Fall Semester

Samantha Barczak, former dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, joins the CRYB faculty.

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Registration is now open for Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s Fall semester of classes for boys and girls, ages 3 and up. Classes begin Monday, September 13th at CRYB’s studio located in the The Spain Building (former Willow Bay) at 21 East Third Street in Jamestown.

Easy online registration is now available available on the website at or call the studio at 716-664-9766 for more information.

Fall classes include ballet instruction at all levels for girls and boys ages 3 and up. Supplementary classes include Modern Class and Boys Classes. CRYB students are also offered special workshops throughout the year by guest artists, choreographers and instructors. Special scholarships are available to male students. Financial assistance is also available to eligible students.

Artistic Director Monika Alch is pleased to announce the addition of Samantha Barczak Young to the CRYB faculty. An Upstate New York native, Samantha Barczak received the majority of her early dance training at Myers Ballet School before furthering her studies on scholarship at The Rock School for Dance Education, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York State Summer School for the Arts. Upon graduation she began a career as a freelance dancer, performing as a guest artist with several American companies including Dayton Ballet, Northeast Ballet Company, Long Island Ballet Theatre, BalletFleming, and Contrast Dance Theatre. She performed with Pennsylvania Ballet as a guest artist prior to joining the company full time in 2011. In addition to her extensive professional performance experience, Ms. Barczak has been an active educator and guest faculty positions at many regional schools.

In addition to Ms. Alch and Ms. Barczak the CRYB faculty includes Sandra Mangusing, Maya Swanson, Rudi Andalora and Telly Ortiz.

Ms. Alch is also pleased to announce the The Nutcracker will return to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts this December (barring any changes in performance mandates). Open auditions for this year’s Nutcracker will be held on Sunday, September 12th beginning at 2:00. Please check for more information.

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet (CRYB), under the artistic direction of Monika Alch, is a not-for-profit organization that provides high-quality classical ballet instruction to youth throughout the Chautauqua region. CRYB produces two major productions a year – the full-length Nutcracker ballet each December and a Spring performance featuring all the students of the program.

For more information check the website at, direct email inquiries to or call the studio at 716-664-9766.