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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Sets New Barre with
Inaugural Artist in Residence Program

Carlisle, Pa. (July 17, 2013) – Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary is pleased to announce the first ever Artist in Residence Program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). This new program supports the organization’s mission to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of its students.

The CPYB Artist in Residence Program will utilize some of the dance world’s most influential talents to share their knowledge, experience and passion with CPYB students. As part of CPYB’s renowned faculty, the artist in residence will teach classes and participate in community outreach through CPYB’s MasterSeries program. International classical ballet teacher, coach and répétiteur Wes Chapman is scheduled to teach in the fall 2013 semester and celebrated former dancer and ballet master Yuri Zhukov will teach in spring 2014.

Embracing an evolving world of classical ballet

“Be anxious to learn something new every day and look into the future!” Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning, Miss Weary dreamed of a place more than 58 years ago where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today she continues to encourage students to dream, and learn.

As the art form of classical ballet continues to evolve, it makes new demands on how we must prepare students for a career in classical ballet. CPYB’s Artist in Residence Program addresses these needs by engaging leaders in the field of classical ballet, allowing CPYB students to experience different viewpoints, expand their scope of training, and make professional connections within the dance world.

“The program supports our goal to stay ahead of the curve and ensure CPYB students receive the training and repertory exposure needed for today’s dancer,” says school principal Nicholas Ade. “For the 2013-14 academic year, we’re excited to bring in two individuals who are recognized as renowned teachers, artists and leaders. Each is respected for inspiring those with whom they work.”

Wes Chapman, international classical ballet teacher, coach and répétiteur, will serve as the School’s first artist in residence in the fall 2013 semester. A former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, former Bavarian National Ballet principal dancer, former Alabama Ballet artistic director, the founder of Alabama Ballet School, and former artistic director of American Ballet Theatre II, Mr. Chapman has also served as artistic advisor for Ballet San Jose in California.

Celebrated former dancer Yuri Zhukov will teach in the spring 2014 semester. Mr. Zhukov danced professionally with the Kirov Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He served as the ballet master at the Royal Swedish Ballet. A set designer and choreographer, Mr. Zhukov founded Zhukov Dance Theatre, a new contemporary dance company in San Francisco, in 2008.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of our students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.

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, hundreds of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet students have gone on to professional careers in more than four dozen major ballet companies throughout the world. Currently, more than eighty alumni are dancing in companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and New York City Ballet (where CPYB alumni currently make up 10 percent of the company’s dancers).

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 national and regional Regional Dance America festivals as both faculty and adjudicator. Ade maintains an active teaching schedule in addition to his administrative duties.

About Wes Chapman
A native of Union Springs, Ala., Chapman graduated from Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1983 with the Duane Dushion Award and the Prix d’excellence de Danse Award. After dancing for Alabama Ballet for one season Chapman joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1984 as a member of the corps de ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1987 and to principal dancer in 1989. With ABT, he performed all the leading roles in the ballet repertoire and in works by many of the twentieth century’s master choreographers, including George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Jiri Kylian, Fredrick Ashton, Mats Ek, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham and Antony Tudor.  He also created leading roles in Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Twyla Tharp’s The Elements. Chapman has appeared in Dance in America, the film “Dancers” and the documentary Ballet, as well as numerous television shows and featured on national news broadcasts. In 1993, he joined the Bavarian National Ballet as a principal dancer before returning to ABT in 1995. Chapman appeared with Hamburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Finnish National Ballet as a guest star.

In 1996, Chapman was named artistic director of Alabama Ballet. During his leadership, the company grew from 16 to 44 professional and apprentice dancers. He also founded the Alabama Ballet School, the apprentice pre-professional training program, Alabama Ballet Summer Program and Gorham’s Bluff Summer Residency. Chapman received the Distinguished Career Award from the University of Alabama in 1998, Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2004, and was named Alabama Arts Ambassador by Governor Bill Riley in 2007. Chapman restaged for Alabama Ballet many of the full-length classical ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Coppélia as well as various one act works such as Paquita, Raymonda Act III and Carnival in Venice. Chapman acquired Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’, starred in Alabama Public Television’s Jekyll and Hyde, and the Making of Romeo and Juliet.

Mr. Chapman returned to ABT as ballet master in 2006 before being named Artistic Director of ABT II in 2007-2011. Chapman oversaw the ABT Summer Intensive at the University of Texas Austin, hosted ABT’s Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Young People’s Ballet Workshop and ABTKids. He also performed with ABT in various character roles and taught company class on a regular basis. Additionally he serves as a national spokesperson for Regional Dance America and as dance advisor for “Angelina Ballerina.” Beginning in January 2012-April 2013 Chapman was engaged as Artistic Advisor for Ballet San Jose in California where he oversaw all artistic aspects of the organization.

About Yuri Zhukov
Yuri Zhukov began his dance studies at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and danced professionally with The Kirov Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, and The Birmingham Royal Ballet. Over the course of his career he performed leading roles in classical ballets such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Agon, Serenade, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments and others, and in dance works by Jerome Robbins, Helgi Tomasson, James Kudelka and David Bintley.

Zhukov was engaged as a ballet master at the Royal Swedish Ballet (2000-2003) and as a guest teacher with Cullberg Ballet, Gotenberg Ballet, Carte Blanche, Monte-Carlo Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In 2008 he founded Zhukov Dance Theatre, new contemporary dance company in San Francisco.

Zhukov designed sets for the Firebird, La Valse, Classical Symphony (Y. Possokhov choreographer) for the San Francisco Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre, as well as for his own productions for Zhukov Dance Theatre.

He choreographed for the 59 North - Touring Group of the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Birmingham Ballet, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the English Dance Youth Company, City Youth Ballet/City Ballet School of San Francisco and Zhukov Dance Theatre.