- Classical Ballet Program, Pre-Professional Program, Adult Dance Program
Christopher Hird was born in London, England and trained at The Royal Ballet School. He toured Europe professionally as part of a company headlined by the internationally acclaimed ballerina, Sylvie Guillem. After retiring from the stage, Hird worked as the assistant to the director at the British Ballet Organization, and later as the assistant to the development manager at The Royal Ballet School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance from the University of Surrey (Roehampton Institute), and a Diploma from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program.
Hird has served on the international jury of the Japan Grand Prix in 2008 and 2010, the Surrey Festival of Dance (Canada) in 2007 and 2008, the Goainia Dance Festival (Brazil) and the Connecticut Classic in 2012. He has been a guest teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Canada’s National Ballet School, Nevada Ballet Theatre Academy, Cecchetti Council of America, Harvard University, and Middlesex University (UK).
Hird joined Boston Ballet School in 2003 and was promoted to Artistic Manager in 2009. He teaches students in the Classical Ballet and Pre-Professional Programs as well as being part of the senior leadership team. For Boston Ballet’s Next Generation, he has presented several Pre-Professional Program levels and assisted with the staging of excerpts from Napoli, Act III in 2010. Hird is also a Children’s Ballet Master for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
In 2013, Hird was also appointed Head of Adult Programming. He oversees the artistic vision of the program as well as developing and enhancing the adult students’ involvement and experience with Boston Ballet.