Faculty

Paola Hartley

Ballet

Paola Hartley

Miss Hartley was born in Bonn, Germany, grew up in South Africa and Chile, where her parents danced for P.A.C.T. Ballet and Ballet de Santiago. A graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts she was trained by Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Gyula Pandi, Dianne Markham and Trish Casey. From 1993-1997 she danced with Ballet de Santiago under director Marcia Haydee, and later, Ivan Nagy, when she was promoted to soloist after performing the role of Myrtha in “Giselle,” with guest artist Igor Zelensky. Here she worked with other guest artists such as Jose Manuel Carreño, Maximiliano Guerra, Carlos Acosta, Lauren Anderson and performed leading roles such as Olga, in John Cranko’s “Eugene Onegin,” The Mad Lady, in Ben Stevenson’s “Peer Gynt,” Mercedes in “Don Quixote,” and with many noted contemporary choreographers.

In 1998, she joined Ballet Arizona as a Principal Dancer, and under the directorship of Ib Andersen since 2000, expanded her modern repertoire by performing works such as Kevin O’Day’s “Hellblondegroove,” Paul Taylor’s “Company B,” Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” and “The Golden Section,” Julia Adams’ “Before,” and world premieres by Moses Pendleton “Opus Cactus,” Dwight Rhoden’s “Skinny Puzzle,” “Scarlet Symphony” and leading roles in Ib Andersen’s “ A Midsummer Nights Dream,” “Play,” “Indigo Rhapsody,” “Amoroso,” “Mozaic,” and “Topia.” She also performed a wide range of Balanchine repertoire including principal roles “Theme and Variations,” “Allegro Brillante,” “Apollo,” “Serenade,” “Four Temperaments,” “Divertimento No 15,” “Duo Concertante,” “Concerto Barroco,” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto”and “Rubies.” Her classical role credits include Aurora, in “Sleeping Beauty,” Odette/Odile, in “Swan Lake,” Giselle, in “Giselle,” Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet,” Swanilda in “Coppelia,” The Sylph in “La Sylphide,” and Kitri, in “Don Quixote” as well as others.

In 2013, she joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a Soloist, and performed the leading roles in many ballets by George Balanchine, Juliet, in Paul Mejia’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and the Butch Girl, in Jerome Robbins’ “The Concert.” Her teaching credits include several dance academies in the Phoenix area such as Tempe Dance Academy, and The School of Ballet Arizona, and she was invited as a guest faculty member at the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, Canada.

Upon her retirement from Ballet Arizona in 2015, she has most recently become the mother of a beautiful boy, while continuing her career as a guest artist and teacher. Miss Hartley is delighted to become a faculty member of Scottsdale School of Ballet for the 2016-2017 season.

Paola Hartley