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Successor named to replace Weary at CPYB

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Darla Hoover, left, poses with Marcia Dale Weary. Hoover will take over as artistic director for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Darla Hoover, left, poses with Marcia Dale Weary. Hoover will take over as artistic director for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. - (Photo / )

Darla Hoover will take over as artistic director for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle following the death of the organization's founder and longtime leader.

Hoover, previously the associate artistic director at the school, will replace founding artistic director Marcia Dale Weary who died March 4 at the age of 82.

Weary wanted Hoover to succeed her and documented her wishes to the trustee of her estate and to the school’s CEO, Nicholas Ade, according to a news release. Weary founded the school in 1955. 

“Darla Hoover has always embodied the genius that is Marcia Dale Weary,” Ade said in the release. “Darla’s love for children, ballet and beauty make it easy to understand why Marcia wanted to ensure her legacy outlived her life on this earth.”

For 11 years, Hoover trained at CPYB under Weary and completed her studies at the School of American Ballet.

According to CPYB release, Hoover’s background includes being a member of the New York City Ballet from 1980 to 1991. In addition to other responsibilities, she guest teaches all over the world, including New York, the Boston Ballet, the New National Theatre Tokyo, and Royal Danish Ballet.

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Cathy Hirko

Cathy Hirko

Cathy Hirko is managing editor, news, for the Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at chirko@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @CathyHirko.

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