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MasterSeries With Wes Chapman
CPYB Program Features International Ballet Master

Carlisle, Pa. (Sept. 3, 2013)– Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is pleased to present international classical ballet teacher, coach and répétiteur Wes Chapman at the 7 p.m. Friday, September 27, MasterSeries program.The event will be held at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle and is open to the public.

MasterSeries is an intimate behind-the-scenes program featuring some of the world’s most influential artists. Former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, former Bavarian National Ballet principal dancer, former Alabama Ballet artistic director, founder of Alabama Ballet School, and former artistic director of American Ballet Theatre II, Mr. Chapman has most recently served as artistic advisor for California’s Ballet San Jose.

“We are excited at the prospect of introducing community members to the experience and talent of one of the most accomplished dancers, teachers and coaches in the world of dance,” said CEO Alan Hineline. “Through MasterSeries we’re committed to furthering the education of our dancers and challenging and entertaining our audiences and, as a result, developing both a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation of the art form.”

The evening program includes a class observation and Q&A with Mr. Chapman hosted by CPYB school principal and former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Nicholas Ade.

Funding for MasterSeries is underwritten, in part, by Gold’s Gym Carlisle, the CPYB Men’s Program Conditioning Affiliate.

Tiered seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to RSVP by calling 717.245.1190.


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, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary envisioned a school more than 58 years ago where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today CPYB is an internationally recognized school of classical ballet with an outstanding 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 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 documentaryBallet, 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’ and 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. 


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY:We invite the media to observe classes and speak with the artists, students and staff. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of in-studio events are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.