Artistic Leadership

Rebecca Maciejczyk, Artistic Director

Rebecca Maciejczyk has been teaching classical ballet for the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP) since 2007 and became Artistic Director in 2012.  As Artistic Director, Rebecca arranges two major productions annually, in addition to smaller-scale performances throughout the year, for which she has choreographed and set new and existing works on PASCP students and guest artists.  Rebecca also plays a crucial role in establishing opportunities for the local community to experience dance performance through PASCP.

Rebecca began her training with eight years of classical ballet with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary.  During this time, she trained under permanent and guest teachers including Richard Cook, Leslie Hench, Darla Hoover, Melinda Jones Howe, Lisa de Ribere, Violette Verdy, Gennadi Vostrikov and Deborah Wingert, among others.  She studied ballet and modern dance with Washington School of Ballet and Delaware Dance Co.  Rebecca danced principal roles with both CPYB and Delaware Dance Co. and performed various principal and ensemble roles with Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theatre, Theatre Harrisburg and State College Community Theatre.  She has also danced locally with Brio Dance Company and Van Dance Inc.  Professionally, Rebecca has attended the CPYB Summer Teacher Training Seminar, the Peabody Conservatory Teachers Seminar, and observes master classes with various professional ballet companies.

Rebecca holds a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Penn State University and lives in Boalsburg with her husband and 2 children.


Connor Weigand, Executive Director

Connor Weigand grew up dancing at The Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While at the Rock, Connor performed with the company as Fritz and The Prince in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. At the Rock, Connor also had the opportunity to perform with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in Casey At The Bat, playing the lead child. For high school Connor attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of The Performing Arts under the direction of David Kloss. While in   high school, Connor performed with the dance company Dance Fusion run by Suzy Zucker. While dancing for Fusion, Connor was able to travel the country performing at such venues as NCAA March Madness, Major League Baseballs All-Star Game, and for the NHL. After finishing high school, Connor joined the first national tour of The Music Man playing the part of Tommy Djilas.

After touring in the musical theater world, Connor wanted to get back to his ballet roots by attended Marymount Manhattan College’s dance program under the direction of Katie Langan. After only one year in the program Connor was offered a contract with The Scappino Ballet of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

After four years in Rotterdam, Connor returned state-side and joined The Chase Brock Experience. Connor danced four seasons with the company and received great reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice and Variety. While with the company, Connor also toured with The Radio City Rockettes for four seasons in The Christmas Spectacular. Recently, Connor has had the opportunity to help create the new Wii game Dance On Broadway, a new interactive dance game and best seller.

Connor has also had the opportunity to be associate choreographer for Hasbro games Twister Moves promotional tours working with Nick and Aaron Carter and Nick Cannon. Connor has also produced Project 108, a small showing of his and fellow choreographers work in NYC.

Connor has been on faculty at New Dance Group in Manhattan and has subbed at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Dance New Amsterdam. He has also taught master classes all over North America and Europe. Connor’s students have gone on to The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan, Fordham’s Ailey Program, Oklahoma City University, Butler, Lines Ballet and are dancing on Broadway and in companies such as American Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Chicago, Rochester Ballet, and San Fransisco Ballet.

Recently, Connor was one of 20 teachers and directors chosen to attend School of American Ballet’s national teacher’s weekend.

From 2012-2017, Connor took the helm at Allegheny Ballet Company leading the company at both an artistic and administrative level. As Artistic Director, Connor built a premier summer ballet program bringing dancers from across the country and offering training and choreography from The Balanchine Trust. For three years, dancers were able to learn some of George Balanchine’s classics such as Serenade and Who Cares.

While at Allegheny Ballet (ABC), Connor has sent dancers to prestigious summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street, among others. Connor has also choreographed multiple new ballets for the company including the fan favorite Fantastic Mr. Fox with full support from the Ronald Dahl Foundation. At ABC, Connor took the program to new heights and helped bring it back to the public in Altoona, PA, helping to rebrand the ballet company by creating a new logo and marketing campaign, bringing in new donors, and reinvigorating old connections. During Connor’s tenure the company found and refurbished an historic building and helped to revitalize downtown, with the strong belief that industry follows art.

 


Jonathan Dexter, Music Director and Conductor of the CPYO Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Dexter, conductor and cellist, received music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the University of Texas at Austin.  Performance highlights include the Jimmy Fallon Show, The View, Fox and Friends, Rachel Ray, and live on Sirius XM satellite radio.  Recently, Jonathan was part of the recording “Irving Berlin: This is the Life” with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.  Jonathan has been featured in many recordings including SONY Masterworks & Columbia Records recordings with singer Megan Hilty and at two sold out CD release shows in 2013.  Other highlights include the Kerrville Folk Festival with David Amram (2011), the Trans Siberian Orchestra (2008-2012), and Mannheim Steamroller (2015-2016)   He has been heard on film soundtracks for Bernie (2013) and A Scanner Darkly (2006).  He produced strings for the 2011-2013 seasons of NBC’s TV series Smash and composed the original score to the short film Recess, an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  With the Allegria Ensemble, Jonathan has been a part of a musical outreach show “How to Listen to Classical Music” with Debbie Trudeau funded by the PA Council on the Arts (2014-2016).  Jonathan performs with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, principal cello with Altoona Symphony, and with his own original music trio, THE UNBANNED, seen at Arts Fest and monthly at the Happy Valley Brewing Company. 

Mr. Dexter is a much sought-after cello teacher, highly esteemed by his students.  He is delighted to take the podium in front of the Chamber Orchestra, and looks forward to a terrific 2016-17 season.