Artistic Leadership and Faculty

Artistic Leadership

MARCIA DALE WEARY, Founding Artistic Director. Ms. 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 current principal dancers Ashley Bouder, Lia Cirio, Zachary Hench, Carrie Imler, Abi and Jonathan Stafford, Ethan Stiefel and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 80 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.

Ms. Weary’s unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors, and her unique teaching style have brought Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated Ms. Weary produces “dancers well known in the ballet world.” According to DanceTeacher magazine, she “produces students who have the whole package—attention to detail, early technical development, and a broad socialization into the arts.” Ms. Weary and 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.” She has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions over the past two decades including the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania; the 2000 Carlisle Regional Arts Award, of which she was the first recipient; the 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth; and the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award; the Central Penn Business Journal 2010 Woman of Influence Award for her leadership, integrity and accomplishments; and most recently, an honorary doctor of performing Arts degree from Dickinson College in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts.

DARLA HOOVER, Associate Artistic Director, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Artistic Director Ballet Academy East, Balanchine Trust répétiteur, former New York City Ballet dancer, CPYB alumna. Ms. Hoover was trained at the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and completed her studies on a full scholarship at the School of American Ballet. In 1980, after choreographing a solo for her in the New York City Opera production of Bourgeois Gentilhomme, George Balanchine invited Darla to become a member of his New York City Ballet. From 1980-1991, Ms. Hoover appeared as a featured soloist in ballets such as Balanchine’s La Valse, Chaconne, Harlequinade, Ballo della Regina, as well as Peter Martins’ Eight Easy Pieces, Rossini Quartets, Sonata di Scarlatti, and Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare.

Ms. Hoover now focuses her attention to teaching and staging ballets. In addition to her positions as the Associate Artistic Director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Artistic Director of Ballet Academy East’s graded children’s program in Manhattan, Ms. Hoover guest teaches all over the world. Working as a distinguished répétiteur, Ms. Hoover stages works for the George Balanchine Trust and for Peter Martins, Ballet Master-in-Chief of the New York City Ballet. Recent stagings have included George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,™ Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Divertimento #15, Valse-Fantaisie, Allegro Brillante, Stars and Stripes, and “Rubies” as well as Peter Martins’ Eight Easy Pieces and Fearful Symmetries.

PATRICIA SORRELL, Summer Program Assistant to the Artistic Director, works closely with Marcia Dale Weary, the students, and the faculty on all artistic issues that relate to the program. Ms. Sorrell has taught ballet in the Hampton-Roads, Virginia area for 35 years. She has worked at CPYB since 1975 and is on faculty at the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts. Ms. Sorrell began her dance training in California with Theodore Kosloff and Alexandra Baldina. As a young dancer she performed with the Los Angeles Opera Company, the Gollner-Petroff Company, did commercial work in movies and TV, and spent a season doing aerial work in the Terrell Jacobs Circus. After moving to the east coast she danced with the Washington Ballet and then the National Ballet under Frederic Franklin. This was followed by tours as a stage manager and union stagehand to “learn how things actually work backstage”. Still traveling about the country to teach master classes, choreograph and stage ballets, Miss Sorrell is currently based in Norfolk, Virginia where she is Artistic Advisor to and on faculty with Ballet Virginia International and where she also directs the children’s performing company “First Pointe Players”.

NICHOLAS ADE, Chief Executive Officer, was appointed CEO of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in November 2014 bringing to the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet more than 18 years of experience that couples substantial artistic expertise with administrative know-how in leading an arts organization. Immediately prior, Ade was the ballet school’s interim executive director. In September 2012 Ade was appointed as CPYB’s first school principal and faculty member, a post to which he brought an exceptional eye and an understanding of the needs of young dancers. Under his leadership Ade led the expansion and formalization of the men’s dance training program, introduced the Male Scholarship Program that attracts students from across the United States, and created and implemented an aggressive recruitment process that paved the way for summer students to integrate into CPYB’s year-round academic programs.

Prior to joining CPYB, Ade was school principal of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Francia Russell Center, PNB’s Eastside School, under Artistic Director Peter Boal from 2006 through 2012. As a dance educator, Ade teaches on the distinguished faculty of CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. Ade is a permanent guest faculty member at Ballet Academy East in New York City and taught seven years at Pacific Northwest Ballet’s School. A sought-after instructor throughout Europe and North America, he has taught at the Iliev Foundation in Bulgaria, Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, and the University of North Carolina School of Arts. Ade also has been on faculty at the national and regional festivals for Regional Dance America (RDA). His relationship with RDA has also extended into adjudicating. Ade hosted the Craft of Choreography Conference (CCC) and Summer Intensive from 2007-2009 and was on the CCC faculty from 2004 through 2009.

He hosted PNB’s Eyes on Dance and Discover Dance outreach performances and was project coordinator for PNB’s NEXT STEP (formerly Choreographers’ Showcase) 2005-2012. Ade danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB), one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, from 1996-2006 under Francia Russell, Kent Stowell and Peter Boal. During his dancing career, Ade performed leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Ronald Hynd and Kent Stowell. He was featured in works by Peter Martins and originated roles in ballets by Val Caniparoli. A native of Los Angeles, Ca., Ade received his professional training at San Francisco Ballet School and at the University of 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.


ALECIA GOOD-BORESOW, School Principal, began her training at age five under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). From there she went on to study at the School of American Ballet (the official ballet school of New York City Ballet), Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. The founder and former director of the Kansas City Youth Ballet, Good-Boresow was appointed school principal of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in November 2014.

Good-Boresow was invited to become a member of the corps de ballet of the Kansas City Ballet in 1983 under the directorship of renowned ballet dancer, teacher, and choreographer Todd Bolender. While there she danced many principal roles, including “Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Snow Queen,” “Dew Drop Fairy” and “Mirlitons” in The Nutcracker, “Aurora” and “Bluebird” in George Balanchine’s Aurora’s Wedding, “Sanguinic” in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and “Swanilda” in Coppélia. In addition, Good-Boresow danced principal roles in Balanchine’s Concerto Barooco, Apollo, Allegro Brillante, The Firebird, Raymonda Variations and Western Symphony, Bolender’s Souvenirs and Dance Concertante, Peter Anastos’ Yes, Virginia Another Piano Piece, Anthony Tudor’s Gala Performances, and Lew Christensen’s Con Amore. Good-Boresow also danced leading roles in contemporary works such as Alvin Ailey’s The River and Memoriam and Clark Tippet’s Enough Said. From 1985 until 1996 Good-Boresow was a rehearsal assistant for the Kansas City Ballet.

After retiring from the professional stage in 1996, she founded and directed the Kansas City Youth Ballet (KCYB), formerly known as the MidWest Youth Ballet company, in 1997. She held that post for more than 11 years. Experienced in choreography, costuming and scenery design, Good-Boresow took the KCYB to perform in the Young Tanzsommer Festival in Austria and Germany in 2005 and 2008. As an educator Good-Boresow has taught for more than six years on CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary’s distinguished academic year faculty and more than 24 years on the CPYB 5-Week Summer Ballet Program faculty of dedicated dance instructors. She has taught at the Kansas City Ballet School, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Miller-Marley School of Dance in Overland Park, Kansas, Shari Shell-True Dance Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska, Greater York Dance (Pennsylvania), and the Dance St. Louis summer programs. She earned Hallmark’s recognition in three ballerina calendars and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Teachers.

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