Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet stays en pointe with additionsNonprofit announces CEO extension, new board members and new faculty
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has announced a series of organizational moves, including new board members, new faculty and an extended contract for CEO Nicholas Ade.
The ballet school dates back to 1955, when founder Marcia Dale Weary opened what was then the Marcia Dale School of Dance. Thousands of young people have passed through its doors since. The school has facilities in Carlisle and Camp Hill.
With the latest announcements, officials say the organization is cementing and augmenting gains made across six decades.
"It’s vital that we proactively ensure the sustainability of this gem that is CPYB to ensure all children have access to world-class dance training," board president Donna Desfor said.
The five new board members are:
• Randolf H. Aires, retired attorney and U.S. Naval Reserve captain;
• Edward Bidelspach, community office manager, F&M Trust Co., retired;
• Gregory Schroeder, global merchandise director for kids products, Jordan Brand, Nike Inc.;
• John P. Weidman, principal, Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz Certified Public Accountants & Business Advisors;
• Susanna Xuexuan Zhu, chief procurement officer, The Hershey Co.
"We have an exceptional board whose members bring to bear business acumen, arts advocacy, community service experience, and a dedication to youth on all of CPYB’s decisions and plans for the future," Ade said. "We are pleased to add five new board members this year."
Ade's contract renewed
The board has offered Ade a new five-year contract, with an option to extend two additional years.
Ade came to CPYB in 2012 to serve as school principal. He was appointed CEO in 2015.
Under his leadership, CPYB has seen the addition of a successful male scholarship program, an increase in enrollment in academic and summer programs, the Carlisle expansion and the addition of community programming, officials said.
The organization "will continue to be in excellent hands with Ade, whose leadership strikes at the heart of the organization’s values and mission," Desfor said.
New faculty, other changes
Suzanne Smith joined CPYB's full-time faculty on Sept. 1 to instruct foundational ballet classes. Smith also was on campus as a primary level teacher for the school’s recent five-week summer ballet program.
Smith has performed professionally with the International Ballet Theater in Philadelphia, Peoria Ballet in Illinois and Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater in New York.
She has instructed students at ballet schools throughout the United States and as a guest teacher and adjudicator for the Vancouver Junior Professional Division in Canada. Most recently, she was the associate artistic director for the 2016-2017 season at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas.
She is no stranger to CPYB, having trained at the school as a teen.
"As such, we know she not only fully appreciates our dedication to excellence, but has experienced it firsthand," Ade said. "The addition of Suzanne to our exceptional faculty underscores our commitment to the value of foundational ballet for our students and also the future of our school."
Other announcements made by the school:
• The position of director of artistic programming and school principal have been elevated as part of CPYB’s artistic leadership team. These positions will now be involved in making high-level artistic programming decisions with the CEO, founding artistic director and associate artistic director, officials said.
Alan Hineline, director of artistic programming, "has a stellar reputation as both a choreographer and business leader in the dance field," officials said.
School principal and CPYB alumna Alecia Good-Boresow "has a deep understanding and an enormous appreciation for CPYB," a school statement added.
• The recent restructuring of the CPYB Children’s Division and appointment of new division faculty have resulted in marked growth, officials said. Academic enrollment in Children’s Division classes increased nearly 65 percent in one year, while the number of children continuing on from introductory classes to primary classes also has grown.