Christopher Hird was born in Taunton, England and trained at The Royal Ballet School. He danced professionally with a company headlined by the internationally acclaimed ballerina, Sylvie Guillem performing works by Maurice Béjart among others. He earned his BA degree in Dance from the Roehampton University (London), and a diploma in Classical Ballet Teaching from Canada’s National Ballet School. After retiring from the stage due to injury, 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.
Hird has served on the international juries 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 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, Middlesex University (UK), British Ballet Organization’s Scholars and a Billy in the national tour of Billy Elliot.
Hird joined Boston Ballet School in 2003 and was promoted to Artistic Manager in 2009. He teaches students in the Pre-Professional and Classical Ballet Programs. Hird has staged Swan Lake, Coppélia, La Bayadère, Giselle and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Les Patineurs and Les Rendezvous for Boston Ballet School’s Ensemble as well as being a Children’s Ballet Master for Boston Ballet’s productions of La Sylphide and The Nutcracker.
Hird has also taught all levels of adult students, being a main teacher for Sun King Dance since 2004. He is featured in the documentary Everyday Dancers, which follows the lives of 6 adult students from around the USA.