Charlotte Hart received her early training in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, performing with the New Orleans Youth Ballet. She received her BFA in Ballet Performance with Special Distinction from the University of Oklahoma. Performing professionally with Louisville Ballet, Augusta Ballet, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado (Wonderbound), she danced in classical, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre choreography, and guest performed nationally. She has originated roles in works by Robert Mills, Amy Seiwart, Lee-Wei Chao, Chung-Fu Chang, Mary Margaret Holt, Jeremy Lindberg, Steve Brule, and Peter Powlus. Before retiring, Charlotte performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as the Blue Girl in Les Biches, as the Pigtail Student in Graduation Ball, in Antony Tudor’s Fandango, and as a guest with the modern dance company Clawson Dance Initiative in Wichita, Kansas.
Charlotte has taught ballet in Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Utah, California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Washington. She spent two years as assistant director for the student company of Ballet Nouveau Colorado and eight years as the assistant coordinator for the OU SummerWind Youth Ballet. Her choreography has been performed by Augusta Ballet II, Western Arkansas Ballet, SWYB, Springville Ballet, the student company of BNC, and at the 2011 International WaTER Conference, and presented at SWRBA and OU’s Young Choreographers’ Showcase, and (directed) OU Composers’ Recital, Frame by Frame, and Degrees of Rotation. As répétiteur, she set Robert Mills’ In Between Dreams on the Oklahoma City Ballet company.
During graduate school, Charlotte was awarded the Ballets Russes Archive Fellowship, earned a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, won the Miguel Terekhov Award for Ballet Choreography, and completed Jack Anderson and Camille Hardy’s dance criticism workshop. Her thesis Joanna Kneeland’s Therapeutic Barre: A Qualitative Analysis explored task-specific warming up for ballet technique. Outside the studio, she taught and lectured for introductory collegiate general education dance courses at OU. Charlotte graduated in 2012 with her MFA in Dance from OU after successfully defending her thesis entitled Joanna Kneeland’s Therapeutic Barre: A Qualitative Analysis, which explored task-specific warming up for ballet technique. She currently teaches ballet in the Seattle area, writes and edits for SeattleDances, and lives in Edmonds with her husband, son, and two cats.