Deborah Hadley in Bloomfield Hills on 08/08/11


deborahhadleyDeborah Hadley, born and raised in San Diego, California, began her studies at the San Diego Ballet under the direction of former San Francisco Ballet Principals Nancy Johnson and Richard Carter. Continuing on to the rank of principal dancer with the regional company, Ms. Hadley went on to become a charter member of the Joffrey II in 1969.

Taking time off to marry and have two boys, Ms. Hadley returned to her ballet career in 1979 when she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she remained a principal dancer for the next thirteen years. Ms. Hadley’s distinguished performing career also included appearances as a guest artist with the Kozlov and Stars, Godonov and Stars, and in the title role of Giselle with Anthony Dowell among others.

Her repertoire has included principal roles in the Balanchine works Tarantella Pas de Deux, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco, Symphony in C, Divertamento # 15, The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Serenade, Chaconne, and Square Dance among others. Her full-length repertoire includes Odette/Odile, Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Nutcracker and Midsummer’s Night Dream. She has appeared in major works of Jerome Robbins (The Cage), Anthony Tudor (Lilac Garden, Dark Elegies), Glen Tetley (Voluntaries), Clark Tippet (Chrysalis Regarding, Gigue), Paul Taylor (Roses), Lar Lubovitch (original work), Vicente Nebrada (Lento, a Tempo, e Appasionato), and Val Caniparoli (Street Songs), many of which were original choreography for her. She and Mr. Houk appeared in many original works by Kent Stowell, among them Firebird, Orpheus Portait, Delicate Balance, and, most especially, Romeo and Juliet. Her classical repertoire include Paquita, Don Q, Corsaire, Grand Pas Classique, and Esmerelda Pas de Deux among many others.

Upon retiring, Ms. Hadley founded the Washington Academy of Performing Arts. Under her direction, the Academy grew to include an Open Program with over 700 students, a special needs program, and a full-day, academic high school Conservatory Program for pre-
professional dancers. In addition, she taught throughout the United States as a Master Teacher, served as an adjudicator, consultant, advisor and panelist for numerous Arts Commissions and Councils, Regional Festivals, theatre and community boards, and other schools.

Subsequently, Ms. Hadley took the position of Ballet Mistress of the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet for two years, under the direction of former Pacific Northwest Ballet partner, Benjamin Houk. Currently, Ms. Hadley is happy to be home in Seattle where she continues to teach, coach, stage ballets, and work with Regional Dance America.


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