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Three Nationally Renowned Ballet Stars Choose CPYB as New Home
Simon Ball, Amanda Edge, Matthew Powell Join CPYB Faculty

Carlisle, Pa. (February 12, 2015) – Nicholas Ade, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet CEO, along with Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary today announced that Simon Ball will join CPYB in September in the new position of full-time faculty member and men’s program coordinator. Ade and Weary are also pleased to announce that Amanda Edge will join CPYB as a full-time faculty member and Matthew Powell is joining as a permanent guest faculty member.

These three important faculty appointments demonstrate the ongoing growth of the nationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa., underscoring the organization’s vision to preserve its rich history while continuing to shape its future.

“Attracting this teaching talent is affirmation of the impact CPYB is making on the dance world,” says Ade.

Simon Ball, Houston Ballet principal dancer, will end his remarkable 20-year performance career on June 21, 2015, when he retires from the stage. One of Ball’s goals in his new role at CPYB will be to share with students what he has learned in his career to help them realize and prepare for what is expected of them as a professional. “It is my intention to inspire, but also caution against pitfalls that may detract from a young artist’s success,” says Ball. In addition to serving as a mentor, he desires to impart the knowledge he has gained by working with some of the profession’s most notable choreographers, directors and teachers. “I hope to continue a lineage of training and appreciation for the art from that I feel fortunate to have encountered myself.”

Amanda Edge spent 15 years with the New York City Ballet, one of the foremost dance companies in the world, where she performed principal roles. Edge has encountered many CPYB alumni throughout her career and notes always being impressed with their training and level of professionalism. She is excited to join CPYB. “My background is steeped in Balanchine’s aesthetic, musicality, breadth of movement and speed. I emphasize all of these in my classes. I want my students’ textbook technique and strength to be the jumping-off point to moving with attack and a sense of abandon,” shares Edge. Affirming her dedication to CPYB’s mission of changing lives through dance, Edge says, “I want to help our students find the fullest version of themselves as dancers and as human beings.”

Ball also recognizes CPYB’s unique approach to developing dancers. “CPYB has always had a reputation of being a school of the highest quality. As a professional dancer I've encountered numerous successful alumni. I am extremely impressed with CPYB students and faculty alike. The focus, work ethic and evident superb training of students make it clear to me that there is something very special about the atmosphere at CPYB. I look forward to being part of an institution that consistently endeavors to balance exemplary training with an equal weight of nurturing the student as a person,” says Ball. 

Darla Hoover, CPYB associate artistic director, says, “I am thrilled that Simon and Amanda are joining our wonderful full-time faculty at CPYB. I have admired both dancers for years. We are quite fortunate to have such experienced and passionate artists join our team and continue to further Marcia’s vision.”

A teacher, choreographer, and former professional dancer with San Francisco Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet, Matthew Powell brings both insight and experience to what it takes to succeed as a dancer.

“Simon, Amanda and Matthew are each the consummate professional. Excellent teachers, each shares our values,” believes Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “It is an exciting time at CPYB, and the best from the ballet world are choosing to come here to grow our school and teach our students.”

See the attached About the New Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Faculty Members for artist bios.


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Interviews with Mr. Ball, Ms. Edge and Mr. Powell are available upon request. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or 

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