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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Offers for the First Time a
Two-Year Scholarship Opportunity for its Men’s Program

Carlisle, Pa. (March 12, 2013)– Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is expanding and formalizing its men’s dance training through an enhanced curriculum and dedicated program of study. To launch this initiative, CPYB is offering an opportunity for up to eight aspiring male dancers to receive two-years of uninterrupted training through generous, tuition free scholarships.

Unprecedented two-year scholarship commitment

CPYB is offering scholarships for two years of uninterrupted proven ballet training at CPYB for male students ages 14 to 19. This includes 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 want the students in this program to know that we have made a pledge to them. Upon receiving the scholarship they can rest assured that we are mutually committed for two years,” says Nicholas Ade, School Principal of CPYB.

Applicants will submit a video that will be judged by CPYB’s artistic leadership. “We are having students audition by video, rather than on-site auditions to lessen a student’s financial burden to travel. This opens up the opportunity for any male dancer who wants to pursue his dreams to apply,” explains Ade. “We are excited to accept audition tapes from across the country, or even around the world.”

CPYB has established two application deadline dates.

  • Male dancers age 14-16 Application deadline Sat., June 15. Scholarships to be awarded on or before Mon., July 1.
  • Male dancers age 17-19: Application deadline Thurs., August 1. Scholarships to be awarded on or before Thurs., August 15.

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.

About the Men’s Program

Mr. Ade joined CPYB as their School Principal in September of last year with a vision to enhance the Men’s Program. “In further developing the Men’s Program, we wanted to ensure that students who complete the program will come out prepared to succeed in the professional dance world,” explains Ade.

“Male dancers need specific training and mentoring to achieve professional success. CPYB is building upon the distinguished technical training and performance opportunities it already provides men with a fully developed curriculum, a proven faculty, and guidance by advisors who are experienced at helping male dancers achieve their potential. We are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for male dancers,” says Ade.

The Men’s Program curriculum includes technique, partnering, men’s, and strength training classes. Students will also be educated about how to succeed in the dance world. A description of classes is attached.

This unique curriculum is just the beginning. Students will become part of a ballet school that has continually produced dancers for the top dance companies in the world. They will learn from an internationally renowned faculty, be 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.

Marcia Dale Weary, Founding Artistic Director, adds “CPYB recognizes the importance of having a dedicated men’s program not only for developing male dancers but also for complementing female dancers’ training. This is a natural step in fulfilling our mission of making dance training available to all children and continuing our rich history of training tomorrow’s professional dancers.”

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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, 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 75 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 national and regional Regional Dance America festivals as both faculty and adjudicator.

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