Marcia Dale Weary, (1936-2019) began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Her unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors, and her unique teaching style have brought the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated in 1989 that Weary is “considered one of the country’s foremost ballet teachers.”
Ms. Weary is the 2007 recipient of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for her Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth. Ms. Weary is also the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania. In February 2000, Ms. Weary became the first recipient of the Carlisle Regional Arts Award. In 2010, Ms. Weary received an honorary degree in performing arts from Dickinson College and was named as one of Central Pennsylvania’s 25 Women of Influence, for which she received a Pennsylvania Senate citation sponsored by Senator Patricia H. Vance. And in 2015 Leadership Cumberland honored Ms. Weary in recognition of her dedication to changing lives through dance. She and the CPYB have been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, television news and features, and in the award-winning documentary film presented on national public television, Children with a Dream.