Felicity Hader BA Dance, University of Performing Arts Munich, PDPTC, RAD, Berlin and London, RTS, AICD. Felicity Hader trained in Sydney mainly with Tanya Pearson OAM, also Marilyn Jones OBE, Amanda Clerke and Chambers de Maria Academy. Her first Jazz teacher was Miss Valerie Smith. She received all Honours marks for RAD Ballet, Modern Dance, Piano and Music studies.
She was given a Scholarship by Director Konstanze Vernon to the prestigious Munich Ballet Academy where she was taught by famous Ballerinas e.g. Olga Lepeshinskaya from the Bolshoi Ballet and Nora Shelesnova from the Kirov Ballet. She danced lead roles in all Professor Heinz Manniegal's and Professor Michel de Lutry's Ballets, who also taught her at the Academy.
Felicity was the youngest to graduate from the Munich Ballet Academy and the youngest ever to gain a full contract with the Bavarian National Ballet, Munich. Her first lead role at 16 years was Flower Festival from Genzano (Bournonville) coached by Dina Bjorn of the Royal Danish Ballet. Then lead roles in Balanchine's Symphony in C, Sir Peter Wright's Sleeping Beauty and Jiri Kylian's Svadebka.
She has had lead roles and roles created for her by e.g. Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Mats Ek, Lucinda Childs, Angelin Prejlocaj, John Neumeier, Eva Reinthaller and Stefano Gianetti. Her repertoire includes e.g. Odette/Odile, Swan Lake, Kitri/Don Q, Titania/Midsummer Night's Dream, The Firebird, Giselle, Cinderella, Carmen, Coppelia, Nutcracker, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and leads in Kylian's and Hans van Manen's modern ballets. During her 25year career, her many awards have included Dancer of the Year, Publikum's Liebling Award (Audience Favourite Award) and International Critic's Award and the rarely awarded Lifetime Achievment Award for her artistry as a dancer, actress and choreographer, awarded by the German Government. She has been Guest Artist and Principal Artist at Leading Companies and danced at International Ballet Galas, dancing from New York to Beijing and all over Europe and Scandinavia. Her many successful choreographies have included Charade, Frankie and Johnny, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Homage to Nijinsky, Postcard from Buenos Aires and Anton a children's ballet.
Completing her Post Graduate Professional Dancer's Pedagogue Course through RAD Berlin and London she continued to dance in lead roles such as Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream and in her own choreographies.
Felicity is now happily settled back in Sydney and is enjoying teaching, choreographing, coaching and adjudicating and also really enjoying bringing up her dear little baby girl Alessandra.