Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Laszlo Berdo hired as Artistic Director for Eglevsky Ballet
Central, Pa. (February 1, 2013) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary announced today that CPYB faculty member Laszlo Berdo has accepted the full-time position of Artistic Director for Eglevsky Ballet, Long Island. Mr. Berdo, a former Boston Ballet principal dancer, will assume his position with Eglevsky in July 2013.
“I personally want to thank Laszlo for the contributions he has made to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet during the past 10 years,” said Miss Weary in her announcement. “He is a gifted instructor and brings tremendous creativity to his choreography. We are all proud of him as he takes this next step in his career. Congratulations to Eglevsky on this wonderful appointment. We wish you and Laszlo all the best.”
Laszlo Berdo joined CPYB as a full-time faculty member in 2003, having taught at Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. He trained as a dancer with National Academy of Arts in Champagne/Urbana, Illinois, and danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Mr. Berdo began choreographing in 1993, creating works for Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, the Norwegian National Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. His works have been staged at the Finnish National Ballet, Helsinki, and the Eglevsky Ballet, among others. He teaches internationally for several companies and summer intensives, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Mr. Berdo has served as program director of CPYB’s choreographic initiatives, ChoreoPlan and FirstSteps.
Established in 1961 by André Eglevsky, the late New York City Ballet principal dancer, the Eglevsky Ballet is dedicated to enriching Long Island and its surrounding communities through the presentation and training of ballet in the classical tradition of its founder to the highest standards.
“As I turn the page on my journey, I leave behind many memories,” said Mr. Berdo. “The talent and dedication of the students of CPYB cannot be matched anywhere. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to be part of their journey through life. Though I must say goodbye, part of my heart will remain behind. I look forward to seeing my kids succeed in whatever they choose to do, and I will miss each and every one of them! I am equally thankful to have worked with Marcia these last 10 years. The ability to be a driving force behind an organization is thrilling. Eglevsky Ballet is providing me this opportunity and I look forward to the challenges.”