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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Offers Second Round of Scholarships
Two-Year Male Scholarship Application Dates Announced

Carlisle, Pa. (February 18, 2014)– Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is excited to offer a second round of two-year male scholarship program commitments for the 2014-2015 academic year. Aspiring male dancers ages 14 to 19 will have the opportunity to receive two years of uninterrupted proven ballet training at CPYB, the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet. The generous, all-inclusive scholarships include two consecutive academic year tuition scholarships, 5-Week Summer Ballet Program and August Course tuition scholarships, and a monthly housing stipend for 22 months.

“We are very excited to make this commitment to a second group of young men,” says Nicholas Ade, CPYB school principal. “As we have expanded and formalized our men’s dance training, we know a two-year scholarship pledge is unprecedented. Our goals for the program are being realized – talented young men, who would otherwise not be able to train at CPYB, are experiencing their dream. Through comprehensive training that is combined with dedicated mentoring and performance opportunities, these young men are becoming well-rounded dancers, poised for success in the dance world.”

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has established two application deadline dates.

  • Male dancers age 14-16:Application deadline Sat., June 14. Scholarships to be awarded on or before Tues., July 1, 2014.
  • Male dancers age 17-19:Application deadline Weds., August 6. Scholarships to be awarded on or before Weds., August 13, 2014.

“CPYB’s male scholarship is giving me the ability to accomplish a goal that I would not otherwise have a chance to achieve,” comments 2013-2014 CPYB Male Scholarship student Randolph Fernandez. “Although the men’s program is pretty intense, the gym, partnering and men’s classes are giving me the opportunity to train with other guys who I can relate to. Two years provides the time to really become part of the CPYB community and prove myself. I plan to keep working hard and to live my dream.”  

To be considered for these competitive scholarships, applicants must submit a video audition that is no more than 20 minutes in length. The video is to show the applicant’s current technical abilities and body structure in order for CPYB to see the potential growth for the future. The audition will comprise five parts: two class portions, two variation portions, and one personal message. Complete audition requirements are attached.

Marcia Dale Weary, Founding Artistic Director, adds “A dedicated men’s program continues to be a vital part of CPYB. In addition to developing male dancers, it complements the female dancers’ training. These scholarships fulfill our mission of making dance training available to all children and continuing our rich history of training tomorrow’s professional dancers.”


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 58 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.

About The CPYB Men’s Program
Students in the CPYB Men’s Program become part of a ballet school that has continually produced dancers for the top dance companies in the world. Part of the school’s Pre-Professional Division, the comprehensive curriculum includes technique, partnering, men’s, and strength training classes. Students learn from an internationally renowned faculty, are mentored and taught about the requisites of being a male dancer by those who know, and have the opportunity to perform in a broad spectrum of repertories. The program’s environment stimulates camaraderie and healthy competition, all aimed at helping the student to fulfill his potential as a dancer.

About CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary
Marcia Dale Weary is celebrated by critics and peers alike as one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet. She began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pa., in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Under her leadership, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has produced thousands of exquisitely prepared, classically trained dancers, including principal dancers Ashley Bouder, Lia and Jeffrey Cirio, Zachary Hench, Carrie Imler, Abi and  Jonathan Stafford, Ethan Stiefel, and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 83 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

About CPYB School Principal Nicholas Ade
Nicholas Ade joined CPYB as the school’s principal on September 1, 2012. A native of Los Angeles, Ca., Ade came to CPYB after serving as Pacific Northwest Ballet’s (PNB) Francia Russell Center school principal under artistic director Peter Boal. He danced professionally with PNB from 1996-2006 under Francia Russell, Kent Stowell and Peter Boal. Ade received his early professional training at San Francisco Ballet School and North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as attending summer programs at the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet School and Boston Ballet School.

As a dance educator, Ade’s experience includes Pacific Northwest Ballet’s School for the last six years, as well as serving as guest faculty at Ballet Academy East in New York City, Tri- Cities Academy of Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, the University of North Carolina School of Arts, and CPYB. He has served the regional and national Regional Dance America festivals as both faculty and adjudicator.

Ade maintains an active teaching schedule in addition to his administrative duties.

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