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The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Announces ChoreoPlan 2015
Where creativity meets opportunity

Carlisle, Pa. (February 7, 2014) – The internationally recognized school of classical ballet and performing company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), is pleased to announce that proposals are being accepted for ChoreoPlan 2015.

In an atmosphere where process trumps product, ChoreoPlan provides an environment for up-and-coming classical choreographers to exercise and hone their craft in a low-pressure, non-competitive laboratory setting. Selected choreographers will spend 13 days,January 19-31, 2015, at the CPYB Warehouse Studios in Carlisle, Pa., creating new works on CPYB dancers. The program will culminate in a public performance. 

Directing ChoreoPlan 2015 is CPYB school principal and former Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) dancer Nicholas Ade. Prior to ChoreoPlan, Ade led both NEXT STEP, PNB’s annual choreographic showcase, and the Craft of Choreography conference hosted by Regional Dance America (RDA). Adjudicator of RDA’s Pacific/Southeastern Regional Festivals, Ade directed the artistic programming of the 22-company Festival 2010-2011.

“Choreography is born with dancers and a choreographer’s vision,” says Ade. “ChoreoPlan 2015 creates the opportunity for talented choreographers to test themselves and push their creative boundaries. The setting eliminates the distraction of having their choreography scrutinized in order to be hired, or rehired, by a company. Able to focus on the raw essence of a new work, ChoreoPlan is an excellent opportunity for rising choreographers to bring back to their company a movement or a section toward a larger work.”

ChoreoPlan began in 1998 under the direction of CPYB CEO Alan Hineline. Past participants include Kathryn Posin, Christopher Stowell, Amy Seiwert, Leigh Witchel, Avichai Scher, Kelly Ann Sloan, Amy Hall Garner, and David Fernandez.

 “ChoreoPlan is a wonderful growing experience,” comments Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “Our dancers learn to interpret the individual style that each choreographer brings to their work – something they will be required to do as professional dancers. Audiences become educated in the "how to’s" of creating new works. And new dance is created, helping to keep ballet alive!”   

Interested classical choreographers are invited to submit an electronic proposal for the creation of new work, including a 10-15 minute excerpt of recent work, resume and musical options by August 1 to Selected choreographers will be notified on or about September 5. Participants receive honorarium, accommodations, transportation and per diem.


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 Nicholas Ade, ChoreoPlan 2015 Director
Nicholas Ade is from Los Angeles, Ca. He trained at San Francisco Ballet School and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) from 1996-2006 under Francia Russell, Kent Stowell and Peter Boal. While with PNB, Ade performed leading roles in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow; and Kent Stowell's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. He has also been featured in Balanchine's La Valse, Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, and Who Cares?; and Peter Martins' Fearful Symmetries. He originated featured roles in Val Caniparoli's Torque and Nicolo Fonte's Almost Tango and Within/Without.

Prior to joining Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as school principal, Ade served as principal of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Francia Russell Center, PNB’s Eastside School, under Artistic Director Peter Boal from 2006 through 2012. Ade also serves as permanent guest faculty at Ballet Academy East in New York City under Darla Hoover and Julia Dubno. He has taught throughout Europe and North America, including the Iliev Foundation in Bulgaria. Ade has also taught at Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He also has been on faculty at several national and regional festivals for Regional Dance America (RDA). Ade’s relationship with RDA has also extended into adjudicating in 2010; as well as serving as host to the Craft of Choreography Conference (CCC) and Summer Intensive from 2007-2009 and has been on the faculty of the CCC from 2004 through 2009. He has served as host of PNB's Eyes on Dance and Discover Dance outreach performances and was project coordinator for PNB's NEXT STEP (formerly Choreographers' Showcase) from 2005-2012.

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