Artistic Leadership & Faculty

Inspiring the next generation.

Professional Dance Experience

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty bring a broad range of experience and consists of former professional dancers and alumni of CPYB. Our faculty members are each trained in Marcia Dale Weary’s proven teaching curriculum focusing on instilling correct and well-articulated movement.

Artistic Leadership

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty brings a broad range of experience and consists of former professional dancers and alumni of CPYB.

Our Founder

Marcia Dale Weary’s vision was simple: she wanted to bring the beauty of ballet to all she could, and so she began to change lives through dance.

Noelani PantasticoDirector of Pre-Professional Division

Noelani Pantastico is from Oahu, Hawaii. She trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and attended summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet School from 1994 to 1996. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1997. Noelani was promoted to corps de ballet in 1998, soloist in 2001, and principal in 2004. In 2008, she left PNB to join Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo as a soloist and was promoted to first soloist in 2009. In 2015, Noelani returned to PNB as a principal dancer. In addition to her PNB repertory, Noelani danced leading roles at Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Altro Canto, La Belle, Cendrillon, Choré, Faust, Men’s Dance for Women, Opus 40, Roméo et Juliette, Scheherazade, Le Songe, and Vers un Pays Sage; Marie Chouinard’s Body Remix; Alexander Eckman’s Rondo; Nicolo Fonte’s Quiet Bang; William Forsythe’s New Sleep; Emio Greco and Peter Scholten’s Le Corps du Ballet; Natalia Horeçna’s Tales Absurd, Fatalistic Visions Predominate; Johan Inger’s In Exact; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort; Pontus Lidberg’s Summer’s Winter Shadow; Matjash Mrozewski’s Pavillon d’Armide; and Jeroen Verbruggen’s Kill Bambi.

She originated roles in Maillot’s Casse-Noisette Compagnie and Lac. Noelani was featured in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. In 2004, she performed the second movement of Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet as a guest artist for New York City Ballet’s Balanchine Centennial. In 2017, Ms. Pantastico choreographed PICNIC for Sculptured Dance, a collaboration between Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Art Museum presented at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. In 2019, Noelani co-founded Seattle Dance Collective with PNB principal dancer James Yoichi Moore.

Damien JohnsonFaculty

Damien Johnson is originally from Dallas, Texas. He received his early dance training from Kitty Carter, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and The Etkin-Atkinson School of Ballet. Johnson went on to study at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet, the official school of The New York City Ballet.

As a professional dancer, Johnson has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Chamber Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and London based Ballet Black where he was a principal dancer for 10 seasons. Since returning to the states in 2017, Johnson has performed with Madison Ballet, The Ashley Bouder Project, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Johnson is a sought after teacher who is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary-Level 3 as well as classical Pilates through Power Pilates. He has taught for many companies and dance institutions including The Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, Bermuda Civic Ballet, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Ballet Black, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

Rose TaylorDirector of Children’s & Primary Divisions

Rose Taylor holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in early childhood education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Missouri-Kansas City.  As CPYB Director of Children’s & Primary Divisions and faculty member, Ms. Taylor takes great pride and joy in teaching and guiding CPYB’s youngest dancers. She enjoys creating programs for early childhood and foundational level students and assisting young dancers with their earliest rehearsal and performance experiences.

Ms. Taylor received her early ballet training at Somerset Ballet Centre and the Kansas City Ballet School in addition to summer study at the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and Houston Ballet Academy. Ms. Taylor danced with Kansas City Ballet before continuing her training at Houston Ballet Academy. In addition to Kansas City Ballet, she also performed with Houston Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet and appeared regularly as a guest artist. She became an instructor for Houston Ballet’s Lower School and Education & Community Engagement program. She then returned to her hometown to assume the role as Principal of the Lower School at Kansas City Ballet School before completing her education then relocating to Carlisle to join the CPYB family and have the incredible experience of learning first-hand from Marcia Dale Weary.

Melinda HoweFaculty

Melinda Howe has served on the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for 40 years; it’s also where she began her ballet training under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary.  She received her BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and then returned to Carlisle to work with Ms. Weary. 

With Marcia’s encouragement, Melinda taught all levels of students and began to guest teach and to choreograph. Her ballet, Andante, won the prestigious RDA Monticello Award for Choreography, and A Breath of Hayden was danced by Project Ballet at the National RDA festival in Montreal.

As a current teacher and faculty member at CPYB, Melinda creates ballets for Founder’s Series and assists with the 5-Week Summer Ballet Program and Teacher’s Workshop.

Matthew C. DonnellFaculty

Matthew C. Donnell is a native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. He received his formal training from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. He spent his ballet career with the Kansas City Ballet, where he performed soloist and principal roles by the great ballet and contemporary masters. He has instructed, choreographed, set repertoire, and rehearsed professional ballet companies and schools across the country including CPYB, UNCSA, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, The University of Alabama, Kansas City Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and Dance Teacher Web Live. He has served as the Director of the UNCSA Preparatory Dance Program. In addition to dance, he enjoys teaching physical comedy to dancers, actors, and anyone willing to learn.

Donnell is also an actor, singer, film maker, and physical comedian (clown.) His theater credits include Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Kansas City New Theatre, Houston Theatre Under the Stars, and the New York Musical Festival. With partner Alana Niehoff, he wrote, produced, and performed in his one-man clown/physical comedy show The Chapeau Show in NYC benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His short film series, The Adventures of Jim has been screened in film festivals on the East and West Coasts. He currently sits on the board of governors for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), the union that represents ballet and opera performers.

He is the author of the illustrated children’s book The Boy with the Patch, The Nutcracker Chronicles.

He has received teacher training in the CPYB syllabus, Classical Character training and certification with Inna Stabrova, and is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Alecia Good-BoresowCPYB School Principal

Alecia Good-Boresow began her training at the age of five with CPYB’s Founder Marcia Dale Weary. At the age of twelve, she furthered her training by attending summer programs at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and eventually moving to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1983, Ms. Good-Boresow joined the Kansas City Ballet under the directorship of Todd Bolender, In her thirteen years with the company, she performed principal roles in many of the companies repertoire. In addition to performing, she also served as rehearsal assistant with the KCB from 1985-1996. Upon retiring in 1996, Alecia founded and directed the Kansas City Youth Ballet, formerly known as the MidWest Youth Ballet.

As an educator, Good-Boresow has been part of the CPYB summer faculty for over 30 years and returned to Carlisle in 2011 to become part of the year round academic faculty. She has taught  on faculty at the Kansas City Ballet, Miller Marley School of Dance, Greater York Dance, and has served as guest faculty at Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Shari-Shell True Dance Academy, MidStates Regional Dance America and most recently Ballet Arizona. Ms. Good-Boresow was appointed CPYB's school principal in November 2014.

Simon BallFaculty

Following his 20-year stage career at Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet, Mr. Ball joined Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty in 2015. 

Simon performed professionally as a principal dancer with both Boston Ballet (1995 - 2003) and Houston Ballet (2003 - 2015). Mr. Ball has performed leading roles in such full length ballets as; Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Onegin, Taming of the Shrew, The Nutcracker, The Merry Widow, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, and in diverse repertoire by world renowned choreographers including: Bruce Wells, Rudi van Dantzig, Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Anthony Tudor, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Ben Stevenson, Ronald Hynd, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, and Jiří Kylián. 

Simon Ball has also received a number of prestigious awards including the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in memory of Rudolf Nureyev (1994) in Budapest, Hungary; and the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994). 

Mr. Ball has also been on the teaching faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Boston Ballet School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Kansas City Ballet, Hope Stone Dance, Rice University’s Opera studies program, Vail Valley Dance Intensive, and the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive.

Alan HinelineDirector of Repertory

Alan Hineline brings a broad range of international artistic leadership, teaching and choreography credentials to his role as Director of Repertory at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Working with CPYB since 1995, Hineline has served as the organization’s resident choreographer and chief executive officer.

Hineline’s choreography is in the repertories of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Ballet de Monterrey, Ballet Philippines, Pennsylvania Ballet, ProDanza Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Academy East, among many schools, colleges, universities and professional companies. As a teacher, Hineline has instructed every level of dancer, from beginner through professional. He is part of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty and has been a guest faculty member for, among others, Ballet Academy East and The Juilliard School.

Darla HooverArtistic Director

Darla Hoover was trained at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and completed her studies on a full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1980, after choreographing a solo for her in the New York City Opera production of Bourgeois Gentilhomme, George Balanchine invited Ms. Hoover to become a member of his New York City Ballet.  She danced with the company until her retirement in 1991.

Ms. Hoover now focuses her attentions on teaching and staging ballets, including positions as the Artistic Director of Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Professional Division in New York City and as the Artistic Director of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where she also directs a nationally recognized Teachers Workshop that instructs fellow dance educators on the Teaching Syllabus and methodologies developed by Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Hoover guest teaches all over the world, and she has been invited to share her successful techniques at distinguished companies such as New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, New National Theatre Tokyo, Royal Danish Ballet, and the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Working as a répétiteur, Ms. Hoover stages works for the George Balanchine Trust on professional ballet companies all over the world. 

Nicholas AdeChief Executive Officer

Nicholas Ade is from Los Angeles, Ca. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) from 1996-2006 under Francia Russell, Kent Stowell and Peter Boal. Ade joined Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as school principal in 2012, prior to serving as principal of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Francia Russell Center, PNB’s Eastside School, under Artistic Director Peter Boal from 2006 through 2012. In November 2014, Ade was appointed chief executive officer of CPYB.