Hayley Meier

River North Dance,
Rochester City Ballet,
Adjunct Instructor University of Arizona

Ballet and dance instructor - Hayley Meier - Ballet School, Monroe County, Rochester NY

Hayley received her early training from The Draper Center for Dance Education in upstate New York under Timothy M. Draper. In the summer of 2005, Hayley accepted an invitation to dance in the 14th annual International Festival of Ballet in Trujillo, Peru as the representative from the United States. She then went on to earn a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Arizona on full scholarship where she had the opportunity to perform in many renowned works including the lead in two Balanchine masterworks, Tchaikovsky Pas De Deux and Serenade, and Ben Stevenson’s pas de deux, End of Time.

In 2009, she became a company member of Rochester City Ballet under the direction of Jamey Leverett. During this time, she performed numerous principal roles including Lead Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade and the lead in Gerald Arpino’s pas de deux, Valentine

Hayley then went on to join River North Dance Chicago in 2011 for five seasons under the direction of Frank Chavez. It is here that she had the opportunity to perform all over the world, most notably as the lead female in Ivan Perez’s U.S. premiere of Flesh

Hayley has also been performing as a guest artist with C5 ‘Create with No Limits’ under Jeremy Plummer, RPM Productions under Gordon Pierce Schmidt, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in both of their performances of Les Troyens and My Fair Lady

In 2016, Hayley completed a 450-hour comprehensive Pilates certification through Pilates Sports Center that focuses on preserving the classical essence of Joseph Pilates, while integrating advances in exercise science and spinal rehabilitation. Hayley is fully certified in the four main apparatus: mat, reformer, Wunda Chair, and Cadillac, with advanced studies in Jumpboard and pre- and post-natal Pilates.

From 2017-2018 Hayley became the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arizona where she taught and performed for the School of Dance under the direction of Jory Hancock and Melissa Lowe. Hayley completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance in May 2020 and is currently on faculty with the University as a full-time Adjunct Instructor.

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