Christopher Hird is from England and studied at The Royal Ballet School. He toured Europe 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 of the British Ballet Organization, and later as Assistant to the Development Manager at The Royal Ballet School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Roehampton and a Diploma from Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program.
Hird joined Boston Ballet School in 2003 and was promoted to Artistic Manager and Head of Adult Programming in 2009. He was a main teacher for students in the Pre-Professional, Classical Ballet and Adult Dance Programs as well as being part of the Senior Leadership Team. Hird led the artistic vision for the redesign of the Adult Dance Program as well as developed and enhanced the adult students’ engagement with Boston Ballet. Hird has staged ballets for the School including Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Les Rendezvous and La Fille mal Gardée. Hird was also a Children’s Ballet Master for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker and La Sylphide.
Hird has served on the international jury of the Youth America Grand Prix, the Japan Grand Prix, the ADC International Ballet Competition and the Seminario International de Dança de Brasilia. He has been a guest teacher for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Canada’s National Ballet School, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Cecchetti Council of America and Harvard University.
The Sarasota Ballet appointed Christopher Hird as Director of Education and Principal of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory in July 2016. Hird has expanded the visibility of the Education Programs, with performances at Selby Gardens, Inspire Sarasota and Lakehouse West among others. He has enhanced the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, launching a new Trainee Program as well as a summer exchange program with Canada’s National Ballet School and the Royal Danish Ballet. In addition, Hird oversees The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company and has developed the Adult Program to offer greater engagement opportunities for students.