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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Poised for Next Chapter of Success

Carlisle, Pa. (June 27, 2014) – As Alan Hineline, current CEO and resident choreographer of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, prepares to start a new chapter of his career as CEO of Ballet San Jose, Hugh Aberman, president of CPYB board of directors, is announcing how the preeminent dance school is poised for future success.

First, a national search has begun for the next CEO. “We have retained an excellent search firm with a history of matching leaders with arts and non-profit organizations,” says Aberman. “We are confident we will find a professional who will help us continue our growth and success.” The firm has been charged with identifying a leader who has a deep appreciation for the art form and a keen understanding of non-profit business practices.

“CPYB is in the strongest financial position ever in its 59-year history,” shares Teresa N. Slocomb, CPYB board member who is leading the search committee. “We are excited to be working with a leading recruitment firm in the ballet world. They have successfully placed professionals in numerous organizations, and we are confident they will help us find a consummate leader who will inspire and expand all aspects of our remarkable growth.”

Nicholas Ade, CPYB school principal, has been appointed interim executive director effective upon Hineline’s departure. Ade has clear insight into CPYB’s mission, values and daily operations. Ade will remain in this position until the CEO search process is completed.

Since joining CPYB, Ade has led the expansion and formalization of the men's dance training program, which has resulted in increasing the program's enrollment threefold – to 33 male students. Under his leadership, CPYB introduced its first Male Scholarship Program attracting students from across the United States.

Ade will report directly to the CPYB board of directors.

In addition, CPYB has augmented its development staff with the addition of Beth Mihmet as director of development effective on June 9.

Mihmet, a top-level professional, will advance CPYB’s mission to inspire, educate and enrich lives through training and performance of classical ballet with increased mission funding to include individual support, foundation support, corporate support, alumni involvement, volunteer engagement, special events, government funding, and planned giving.

“This is an exciting time to be part of CPYB,” believes Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “We are ready to build upon our past successes to an even more successful and positive future.”

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Interviews are available upon request. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or schulte@cpyb.org.

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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 59 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 esteemed 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.