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Poised for the Future
Keeping Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Strong and Relevant

Carlisle, Pa. (September 25, 2017) — When Marcia Dale Weary started Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), it took vision, tenacity and hard work. Nearly 61 years later, this same determination is what is keeping CPYB strong and relevant. Today, CPYB made several significant announcements:

  • The appointment of five new board members.
  • The renewal of CEO Nicholas Ade’s contract up to seven years.
  • The addition of new faculty.
  • The elevation of the director of artistic programming and school principal positions.
  • The growth of the Children’s Division due to recent enhancements.

“CPYB traces its roots to a barn in rural Carlisle, Pa. Now we have educational facilities in Carlisle and in Camp Hill. CPYB has become not only a vital member of our community, but also a celebrated dance education leader attracting both national and international students,” says Donna Desfor, CPYB board president. “It’s vital that we proactively ensure the sustainability of this gem that is CPYB to ensure all children have access to world-class dance training.”

New Board Members

“We have an exceptional board whose members bring to bear business acumen, arts advocacy, community service experience, and a dedication to youth on all of CPYB’s decisions and plans for the future,” says CEO Nicholas Ade. “We are pleased to add five new board members this year.”

The five new CPYB board members are: Randolf H. Aires, retired attorney and U.S. Naval Reserve captain; Edward Bidelspach, community office manager, F&M Trust Company, retired; Gregory Schroeder, Global Merchandise Director for Kids Products, Jordan Brand, Nike, Inc.; John P. Weidman, Principal, Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors; and Susanna Xuexuan Zhu, chief procurement officer, The Hershey Company.

CEO Contract Renewal

Nicholas Ade came to CPYB in 2012 to serve as school principal. He was appointed CEO in 2015. Under his leadership the school has seen the addition of a successful Male Scholarship Program, an increase in enrollment in academic and summer programs, a major expansion project to its studios in Carlisle, and the addition of community programming. Because of these successes, the Board has offered Ade a new five-year contract, with an option to extend two additional years.

CPYB board president Donna Desfor said the organization "will continue to be in excellent hands with Ade, whose leadership strikes at the heart of the organization’s values and mission.”

New Faculty

Suzanne Smith joined the full-time faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to instruct foundational ballet classes beginning September 1 of this academic year. Suzanne was also on campus as a primary level teacher for the school’s recent 5-Week Summer Ballet Program.

Suzanne brings a strong background in performance and instruction to CPYB. She performed professionally with the International Ballet Theater in Philadelphia, Peoria Ballet in Illinois, and Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater in New York. She has instructed students at ballet schools throughout the United States and as a guest teacher and adjudicator for the Vancouver Junior Professional Division in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Most recently, she was the associate artistic director for the 2016/2017 season at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.

“We are excited to have Suzanne ‘back’ at CPYB – she trained here as a teenager and has taught many CPYB students over the years. As such, we know she not only fully appreciates our dedication to excellence, but has experienced it firsthand,” shares Ade. “The addition of Suzanne to our exceptional faculty underscores our commitment to the value of foundational ballet for our students and also the future of our school.”

Artistic Programming Director and School Principal

The position of director of artistic programming and school principal have been elevated as part of CPYB’s artistic leadership team. These positions will now be involved in making high-level artistic programming decisions with the CEO, founding artistic director, and associate artistic director.

Alan Hineline is director of artistic programming and has a stellar reputation as both a choreographer and business leader in the dance field.

School principal and CPYB alumna Alecia Good-Boresow has a deep understanding and an enormous appreciation for CPYB. Good-Boresow is incredibly admired by staff and students alike.

 “Delivering the highest quality classical training and providing the right mix of performance opportunities for our students is crucial to their professional training. It’s also important to provide audience members with top-notch entertainment opportunities,” says Darla Hoover, associate artistic director. “Alan and Alecia have established strong collaborative and supportive working relationships. This is imperative in an artistic organization. Their involvement in decisions about what performances to produce each season will continue to enhance both student and theatergoer experiences.”

Growth of Children’s Division

The recent restructuring of the CPYB Children’s Division and appointment of new division faculty have resulted in marked growth. Academic enrollment in Children’s Division classes increased nearly 65% in one year. And, children continuing on from introductory classes to primary classes has also seen substantial growth.

“Our Children’s Division focuses on introducing our littlest dancers to the joy of ballet,” explains Ade. “It is designed to create a bridge for children to cross into the proven CPYB Teaching Syllabus©.”

“We are excited to provide parents living in the region the unique opportunity to expose their children to the highest caliber of ballet education possible right from the start. These students receive the foundational training that our alumni – who are dancing on stages all over the world – received,” adds Ade. 

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: For more information or interviews, 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 dance education. 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 nationally recognized school of classical ballet with an international reputation for training young men and women. The school’s renowned teaching methodology combines 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.

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