CPYB Announces Succession Plan Following the Passing of Founder, Marcia Dale Weary
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) announced today that Darla Hoover, previously the Associate Artistic Director, will assume the role of Artistic Director of CPYB, effective immediately. This appointment comes following the recent passing of CPYB’s Founding Artistic Director, Marcia Dale Weary on March 4, 2019. Hoover will assume the role based on the direction of Weary who made these wishes known and documented them to the Trustee of her estate and CPYB Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Ade.
Darla Hoover trained at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary for eleven years, 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. From 1980-1991 Ms. Hoover appeared as a featured soloist in ballets such as Balanchine’s La Valse, Chaconne, Harlequinade, Ballo della Regina, as well as Peter Martins’ Eight Easy Pieces, Rossini Quartets, Sonata di Scarlatti, and Jerome Robbins' Fanfare. Upon retirement, a full schedule of guest appearances throughout the United States and Europe further expanded her repertory experience.
In addition to her role at CPYB, Ms. Hoover will retain her position as the Artistic Director of Ballet Academy East’s Pre-Professional Division in New York as well as remain a repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. 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, and Royal Danish Ballet.
When looking toward the future Ade stated, “Darla Hoover has always embodied the genius that is Marcia Dale Weary. Darla’s love for children, ballet and beauty make it easy to understand why Marcia wanted to ensure her legacy outlived her life on this earth. The CPYB family is so fortunate not only to have had Marcia as the Founding Artistic Director, but now to have Darla continue that level of excellence only makes us stronger.”
About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of classical ballet. Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning more than 60 years ago, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary envisioned a school where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today CPYB is the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet with an international reputation for training young men and women. The school’s renowned teaching methodology couples performance opportunities with innovative educational initiatives, an esteemed faculty, and a proven syllabus — all in an environment that promotes the acquisition of the life skills crucial to a child’s development.
Thousands of young people have passed through Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s acclaimed studios. CPYB alumni continually occupy top positions in the leading ballet companies from San Francisco and Miami to New York, London and beyond. Through the organization’s threefold mission – to inspire, educate and enrich – the legacy of Marcia Dale Weary and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet redefines the art form, preserves its history and shapes its future.