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 Post subject: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to Honor Marcia Dale Weary
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:08 pm 

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Sounds like this is going to be a super event. Hope those in that area can attend! (And report back in, too.) News release was forwarded to me by one of the school's graduates and current PNB Principal Dancer, Noelani Pantastico. Enjoy...

Maurinda C. Wingard, Executive Director
(717) 245-1193
June 23, 2005

Fifty Years of “Shaping Lives through Dance.”

HARRISBURG, PA - The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on July 2nd at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts with its third, biennial Stars of CPYB Gala. The performance will showcase the exceptional talent of currently-dancing alumni trained by CPYB founder and Artistic Director, Marcia Dale Weary and her faculty. This event will bring dancers from many of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country together on one stage; each professional dancer will perform a favorite solo or pas de deux with a guest partner featuring new choreography or classic works of the ballet. CPYB alumnus and assistant to the ballet-master-in-chief of the New York City Ballet, Sean Lavery, will be host of the evening’s festivities.

CPYB has long been recognized as one of the top training grounds for classical ballet in the world and is the Resident Ballet Company at Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center. The following 19 professionally-dancing alumni are currently scheduled to honor Ms. Weary. 12 guest artists will join the CPYB alumni.

Host: Sean Lavery

Boston Ballet: Lia Cirio
Cincinnati Ballet: Mishic Corn
Louisville Ballet: Lara Bricker
Miami City Ballet: Callie Manning, Bruce Thornton
Milwaukee Ballet: Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Provins
New York City Ballet: Ashley Bouder, Adam Hendrickson,
Allen Peiffer, Abi Stafford, Jonathan Stafford
Deborah Wingert (former member)
Pacific Northwest Ballet: Carrie Imler, Noelani Pantastico,
Kara Zimmerman
Paul Taylor II: Jamie Rae Walker
Pennyslvania Ballet: Zach Hench
Peoria Ballet: Suzanne Stellpflug (former member)
San Francisco Ballet: Sherri LeBlanc (former member)
Stars of the Ballet World to Dance in Central PA Page 2

CPYB alumni will also dance throughout CPYB’s 50th Anniversary season. Currently selected to perform are San Francisco Ballet principal Tina LeBlanc and Vanessa Zahorian, among others.

In August 2001, The New York Times dance critic Joseph Carman wrote about CPYB:

London, Paris, St. Petersburg, and New York are well known for their first-rate ballet academies, training many of the best dancers in the classical form. Add to that list Carlisle, Pa., a town with fewer than 20,000 people and a modest economy driven by state government jobs and the defense industry... Marcia Dale Weary and her Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet have produced dancers well known in the ballet world.

In January 2004, Ms. Weary was also featured on the cover of Dance Teacher. In an article entitled Marcia's Magic, writer Kristin Lewis said, "She produces students who have the whole package—attention to detail, early technical development and a broad socialization into the arts. It seems a given that companies nationwide will continue to be stocked with her dancers for many years to come.”

In addition to the Gala performance, CPYB is holding its first Alumni Reunion on Sunday, July 3rd at its Carlisle studios on the campus of Dickinson College, inviting all of its former students who have been taught by Marcia Dale Weary since 1955.

Gala tickets will go on sale May 15th, 2005 at the Whitaker Center box office, 214-ARTS. The Saturday, July 2nd 7:00pm performance will be preceded by a Reception & Silent Auction beginning at 5:00pm at the Hilton Ballroom. All tickets are $80 and will benefit the educational programs of the CPYB. A Gala Banquet with the professional dancers, again at the Hilton Ballroom, will follow the performance. Individual and corporate sponsorships are available.

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For further information or to schedule an interview with any of the Stars of CPYB, contact Maurinda C. Wingard, executive director, at (717) 245-1193, email or see the web site at

See attachment for detailed Program Information.


Embraceable You pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet Who Cares?
Music: George Gershwin, adaptation and orchestration by Hershy Kay
Choreography: George Balanchine

Deborah Wingert, with guest Francois Perron

Variation from Swan Lake pas de trois
Excerpt from the ballet Swan Lake
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Kent Stowell, after Marius Petipa

Kara Zimmerman

Act III pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet Don Quixote
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa

Suzanne Stellpflug, with guest Vadim Burchiu

White Swan pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet Swan Lake
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Lia Cirio, with guest James Whiteside

Music: J.S. Bach
Choreography: Simon Dow

Jennifer Provins, with guest Chris Fellows

Variation Sicilienne
Excerpt from the ballet Emeralds
Music: Gabriel Faure
Choreography: George Balanchine

Mishic Marie Corn

Bluebird pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Lara Bricker, with guest and alumnus Ian Hussey
Variation from Raymonda Variations
Excerpt from the ballet Raymonda Variations
Music: Alexander Glazunov
Choreography: George Balanchine

Allen Peiffer

Solo from Lambarena
Excerpt from the ballet Lambarena
Music: J.S Bach, arranged by Pierre Akendengue
Choreography: Val Caniparoli

Sherri LeBlanc

Harlequinade pas de deux
Music: Riccardo Drigo
Choreography: George Balanchine
Abi Stafford, with guest Antonio Carmena


A Midsummer Night’s Dream, pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreography: George Balanchine
Noelani Pantastico, with guest Jeffrey Stanton

Music: J.S. Bach
Choreography: Paul Taylor

Jamie Rae Walker

Agon pas de trois
Excerpt from the ballet Agon
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine

Callie Mannie, Bruce Thornton and guest, Didier Bramaz

At Last
Musics: Etta James, Dean Martin, and Blossom Dearie
Choreography: Jennifer Miller and Karl von Rabenau

Jennifer Miller, with guest Karl von Rabenau

Diamonds pas de deux
Excerpt from the ballet Diamonds
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine

Jonathan Stafford, with guest Savannah Lowery

Music: Rufino Almeida
Choreography: Laszlo Berdo

Zachary Hench with guest Julie Diana

Variation from Stars and Stripes
Excerpt from the ballet Stars and Stripes
Music: John Philip Sousa
Choreography: George Balanchine

Carrie Imler

Pas de deux from Donizetti Variations
Excerpt from the ballet Donizetti Variations
Music: Gaetano Donizetti
Choreography: George Balanchine

Ashley Bouder, with guest Tyler Angle

Staged by: Alan Hineline

Daniella Aldrich, Grace Snyder, Amanda Tyson, Sara Yuen
Maclain George, Marcus Romeo
with CPYB alumni

The performances of all of the Balanchine® Ballets are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Dean Speer

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