Olivier Pardina Confirmed Summer Intensive Week Three Guest Faculty!
A native of France, Olivier Pardina was born to be a dancer.
Raised in a very artistic family, he is exposed to the world of dance and classical music at a very young age. His father was a well-known Ballet Teacher, Choreographer, and Artistic Director and his mother, a celebrated Opera Singer. At age 10, inspired by his father, he begins his training under his watchful eyes before moving to Paris to continue his studies with the Master Teachers of the Paris Opera. At age sixteen, he is promoted to Principal Dancer with the Nice Opera House (France); four years later he is offered a contract by celebrated choreographer Maurice Bejart after winning the first prize in a National Ballet Competition.
As a Principal Dancer, Pardina performs with various prominent European Ballet Companies and tours extensively as a guest artist and as ambassador of the French culture. He performs around the world the leading roles of the Grand Ballets of the repertory and contemporary pieces. He is chosen by renowned choreographers to perform their work; amongst so many others, Birgit Cullberg in the Ballet “Miss Julie” alternating with Rudolf Nuryev’s and Hans Van Manen in the Ballets “Songs without words”, “Five Tangos” and “Septet Extra”… During a tribute to French choreographers, he is chosen by Serge Lifar to perform his production of “Suite en Blanc” and by Marcia Haydee to perform a filmed production of Serge Lifar’s “Phedra”. Invited by the RAI, the Italian TV channel, he performs in a film production of “Romeo and Juliet” with the Roma Opera House and he is selected by Moses Pendleton, creator of the Momix and Pilobolus Dance companies to perform his world premier creation of the role “Pulcinella”.
While performing with the Ballet Theatre Français, Pardina is chosen by Rudolf Nureyev as his alternate for several international tours, notably at the Coven Garden in London in the role of “Petrouchka” where Pardina received a standing ovation. As a recipient of the teaching degree awarded by the French government, he is called upon by Rosella Hightower to evaluate the level of the National Conservatory of Dance and he is later appointed as Artistic director and Principal Teacher of the school of the Nice Opera Ballet.
In 1991, after years of performing on stage, Pardina moves to Florida and dedicates his full time to nurturing the next generation of dancers as a full time faculty at the Harid Conservatory.
Under his well-versed and accomplished coaching, his students have won major prizes at the renowned Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Youth America Grand Prix in New York and California Dance Classics to name a few. Many of his students are now Principal Dancers with renowned Ballet Companies (American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet…)
As a guest teacher, he has taught at the Rock School in Philadelphia, the Orlando Ballet School, the San Francisco Ballet School, the National RDA in Phoenix… and he is regularly invited in South America particularly in Brazil and Mexico. He was invited by the American Ballet Theatre, the Teatro de Rio de Janeiro and the Cordoba Ballet Company (Argentina) to teach the company.
From 2013 to 2017, Olivier Pardina was Principal Teacher of the Pre-Professional division of the Miami City Ballet School.
In 2017, Pardina, in very high demand as a teacher and as a jury member for national and international Ballet competitions, decided to work exclusively as a freelance artist.
Heather Walden Confirmed Summer Intensive Week 1 – 3 Guest Faculty!
Heather Waldon began her dance training at Colorado Ballet School and attended summer programs at Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. At sixteen she joined Boston Ballet 2 and later became a member of Boston Ballet under Bruce Marks. Besides performing classics, Heather performed works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones as well as Balanchine. After seven years with Boston Ballet, Heather joined Hubbard St. Dance Chicago under the direction of Lou Conte. In addition to Tharp’s work, she also performed works by Margo Sappington, Daniel Ezralow, and Lou Conte. She went on to become a freelance dancer in San Fransisco and worked with Robert Moses’ Kin and Arturo Fernandez. Heather moved to NYC where she worked with Molissa Fenly, Liz Gerring Dance and The Sean Curran Company where she was a founding member and rehearsal director. She assisted Sean Curran at the Boston Conservatory, Alvin Ailey Fordham, Barnard, Marymount Manhattan College, as well as the ABT Studio Company. Currently Heather is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University and NYU/Tisch. She teaches ballet, contemporary and composition. She has had the pleasure of teaching ballet and repertory for NYU/Tisch High School Dance Program and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. In addition Heather has taught at Connecticut College, Boston Conservatory and Eglevsky Ballet. She also is a teaching artist for Dance For PD (Parkinson’s), a program with The Mark Morris Dance Group.
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