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World-renowned ballet instructor in Carlisle dies

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Ballet instructor Marcia Dale Weary taught at her school in Carlisle for over 60 years.
Ballet instructor Marcia Dale Weary taught at her school in Carlisle for over 60 years. - (Photo / )

Self-discipline, generosity and focus were key tenets that Marcia Dale Weary strived to teach her students, no matter whether they continued with ballet after graduating from her Carlisle studio.

Weary, an internationally known ballet instructor who helped instill a love for dance in thousands of students, died on Monday.  She was 82.

Weary founded the Marcia Dale School of Dance in 1955 and saw her students move on to ballet companies around the world, including in New York City, Canada, London and Monaco. The school changed its name in 1974 to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

The school today has 95 staff and faculty members. It serves 300 students annually and 600 students during its five-week summer program.

In her later years Weary continued to teach 25 classes every week at the school.

“She has passed down her practices to the faculty and staff of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet so that her teaching and values will live on forever. Her beauty will continue to echo throughout the walls of the studios and into our hearts,” said Nicholas Ade, CEO of the ballet studio.

Both the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Weary have drawn praise over the years for the school’s teaching methods, which ask students to reach beyond their limits. In an article by Dance Teacher magazine, Weary was said to “produce students who have the whole package - attention to detail, early technical development, and a broad socialization into the arts.”

Weary also was honored as a leader in the community. She was recognized in 2007 with the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth. In 2009 she was awarded the Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award. And she received a Women of Influence Award from the Central Penn Business Journal in 2010.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has yet to announce memorial services and expects to announce a tribute for Weary’s contributions to the school.

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Ioannis Pashakis

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Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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