Heather Haar, began her ballet training in Honolulu, Hawaii. at the Hawaii State Ballet, under the direction of John Landowsky. After attending the summer ballet program at the Hartford Ballet she was invited to join their studio company. Here she continued her training among ballet greats, Ali Osipenko and Franco Devita and performed The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes.
After a year with the Hartford Ballet, she accepted a contract with the Nevada Ballet Theater, where she danced for five seasons under the direction of Bruce Stievel. She performed lead roles in Giselle, The Nutcracker, Fairy Doll, Peter Pan and Cinderella. and in works by renowned choreographers, Choo San Goh, George Balanchine and Val Caniparoli to name a few.
She accepted an offer from Ib Andersen to join Ballet Arizona and in her 7 seasons with that company she was featured in repertoire that included Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Raymonda, Les Sylphides, Romeo and Juliet, La Sulphide and The Nutcracker. She also had the opportunity to add to her resume the repertoire from George Balanchine including Rubies, Theme and Variations, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, La Valse, Divertimento No. 15, Concerto Barocco and La Sonnambula. She was part of the founding creative team for the contemporary summer company, Nova Ballet. Here she worked as a rehearsal director, and danced with the company for two seasons in works by Adam Hougland, Robert Dekkers, Emery LeCrone and James Jeon.
After a professional career that spanned over 12 years, Heather decided to retire from company life in order to spend more time with her family. She started the next phase of her career and upon teaching at schools in Phoenix, she discovered that this was a new passion. With 10 years experience teaching classical ballet and master classes to all levels, she also enjoys choreographing and setting works on her students. Her goal remains to pass on her knowledge and experience in dance down to next generation of dancers.
When she is not teaching, her ultimate enjoyment is caring for her three young daughters. We are happy to welcome Heather onto the Ballet faculty and into the SSB family.