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Darla Hoover was at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's studios running a rehearsal in 2014 with director Marcia Dale Weary. Hoover had just returned the day before from staging a ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jet-lagged, she mixed up her words when giving a correction.

Weary took Hoover's hand and gently said, "Honey, you work too hard."

Hoover, and the students, had a good laugh.

"Are you kidding me?" Hoover replied. "You're the one who made this monster. There is no off switch!"

Weary founded CPYB in 1955, and it quickly became an internationally known school that has produced countless principal dancers. Famous for her high standards and tough work ethic, Weary instilled those qualities in Hoover, who served as associate artistic director at CPYB under Weary, as artistic director at Ballet Academy East's pre-professional division in New York City and as a répétiteur for the Balanchine Trust.

Hoover took over as artistic director at CPYB in the spring this year after Weary died suddenly, and while she's committed to continuing Weary's legacy, students have begun to see some of Hoover's vision as well.

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"At every possible opportunity, I hope to instill in children a love for the arts and for classical music," said Marcia Dale Weary, beloved teacher and founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. "Along with that, I hope to help them develop self-discipline, generosity and the ability to focus."

Weary passed away at the age of 82 on Monday, March 4, 2019.

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Gonzalo Garcia in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments

Manhattan’s Ballet Academy East announces its newest faculty appointment in the pre-professional division: Gonzalo Garcia, New York City Ballet principal. The school’s pre-professional division, where Garcia will teach partnering, technique and men’s classes, is directed by Darla Hoover with a curriculum based on the teachings of Marcia Dale Weary. Garcia, who was born in Spain, joined San Francisco Ballet in 1998, rising to the rank of principal in 2002. In 2007, he joined NYCB as a principal, where he has created roles in original works by Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.

Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of New York City Ballet, © The George Balanchine Trust

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