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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Names Nicholas Ade New CEO

Carlisle, Pa. (November 5, 2014) – Hugh Aberman, board president, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, announced today that Nicholas Ade has been named the ballet school’s next CEO, effective immediately. Ade, 38, joined CPYB in 2012 as school principal and has been serving as interim executive director since August of this year. As CEO, Ade is committed to continuing CPYB founder Marcia Dale Weary’s vision that all children have the opportunity to access classical ballet training and the immeasurable values ballet training imparts.

Since moving from Seattle to Southcentral PA two years ago, Ade has contributed significantly to CPYB’s growth. He led the expansion and formalization of the men's dance training program, which has quadrupled male enrollment to 44 male students. Under his leadership, CPYB introduced the Male Scholarship Program attracting students from across the United States. He has also been successful in growing financial contributions from individuals, community organizations and corporations to support CPYB’s mission and scholarship programs.

Aberman, speaking on behalf of the CPYB board, says, “After conducting a national search we are confident in our decision to appoint Nicholas Ade CEO. From the minute he joined CPYB as school principal he embraced our vision. He understands and promulgates Weary’s renowned teaching method. He values the promotion and acquisition of life skills crucial to a child’s successful development. And, during his tenure as interim executive director, he demonstrated the leadership skills, artistic integrity, and business acumen we were looking for in our next leader.”

CPYB board, staff and faculty representatives and community leaders involved with ballet worked with a national recruiting firm during a five-month leadership search. They interviewed qualified candidates from across the country.

“During the search, board members, donors, staff and faculty repeatedly suggested that Mr. Ade has all of the critical qualities CPYB is looking for in a CEO. It’s clear he understands the heart of this organization and the impact CPYB has, both on the dance world and our community. We looked across the country and found the best candidate right here!” concludes Aberman.

Board member Teresa Slocomb led the search committee. A smaller committee was formed to make hiring recommendations. (See attachment for list of committee members.)

“Nick demonstrated his impressive leadership abilities during the transition period and a groundswell of support emerged for him to be the next CEO. We believe he has the talent and intense desire to shape our future while preserving our rich history,” says Slocomb. “He and Marcia enjoy a collaborative working relationship and single-minded focus on CPYB’s commitment to children. Nick will continue his responsibilities as part of CPYB’s artistic leadership team with Marcia and Darla Hoover, associate artistic director.”

“Our goal was to find a leader who not only understood but revered our mission, and who had a vision for how to lead and inspire CPYB to the next level of growth and maturity. Nick has won our confidence,” adds Slocomb.

“When I first came to CPYB as school principal, it didn’t take long for my family and me to realize this is where we wanted to call home,” says Ade. “And, as my love for the organization has continued to grow, so has my family’s happiness with this region.”

“The opportunity to serve as interim executive director and be actively engaged with the board, donors and community leaders only intensified my commitment to CPYB and our mission to inspire, educate and enrich children’s lives through dance. I am excited to begin this new position and build upon our past successes for an even more successful future for CPYB. I am proud to be part of an organization that has a stellar national and international reputation for turning out students who go on to great success in life, whether it be on or off the stage.”

Ade’s immediate goals are to improve efficiencies in communications and productions so CPYB is a good steward of resources as the school continues to grow. He will also focus on augmenting students’ education with information and skills that will help them stand out in and succeed in their field.

Beyond his focus on the school, Ade also wants to broaden the region’s knowledge of and appreciation for the value CPYB provides. “I want people to understand how special our children are and how their time at CPYB helps them have success in life,” explains Ade. “We are creating future community leaders who have focus, determination and discipline.” He hopes this increased appreciation for CPYB will bolster the school’s ability to raise more support for scholarships, outreach and productions.

In the long term, Ade has his sights set on ensuring the organization provides students with the preeminent training for which CPYB is known by fortifying the integrity of its syllabus, faculty and facilities. “I remain committed to Marcia’s vision that every child who attends CPYB receives the best dance training and vital life skills,” says Ade.

He also envisions expanding awareness of CPYB. “We are already a recognized leader in the ballet world. My goal is for us to have that same exceptional reputation in the broader arts industry,” says Ade.

From Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary’s point of view, Ade is just the right person to lead CPYB into the future. “I am completely confident in Nick’s exceptional leadership skills, outstanding business sense and ability to cultivate donors. Combined with his passion for our organization and dance, I see a bright future for CPYB.”


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Hugh Aberman and Nicholas Ade are available for interviews. Contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or