Charles Hagan ~ Ballet Company Director

     Charles Hagan began his early training with Sylvia Waters in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. At age 16, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the National Academy of Arts under the direction of Michael Maule. After graduating from the Academy, Mr. Hagan joined the National Ballet of Illinois and in a short time became soloist.

     In 1978 he joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and in 1980 was named soloist. Because of his versatility in dance, mime, makeup and dramatic ability, Mr. Hagan was promoted to principal character dancer in 1985 – a title created especially for him. During his tenure he danced all the principal character roles along with many leading classical roles ranging from the “Blue Bird Pas de Deux” (Sleeping Beauty), “Pas de Trois” (Swan Lake), “Peasant Pas de Deux” (Giselle) and a variety of Balanchine repertoire.

     On the administrative side, Mr. Hagan served locally, statewide and nationally for the American Guild of Musical Artists and as company manager for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre when they toured.

     In addition to his position as Ballet Company Director for Pas de Vie Ballet, he teaches locally, choreographs for and serves as ballet master for Ballet Theatre South and enjoys a second career as a piano technician.