Michelle Hardy, Choreographer
Michele won a Ford Foundation Scholarship to train with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. She was a soloist with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, but after a back injury returned to NY.C. to retrain for musicals. There she appeared in opera (not singing!) films, commercials, and many musicals. The last show she performed on Broadway was "Half a Sixpence" with Tommy Steele.
She returned to England and continued in musicals,television, and a dozen films including the Oscar winning "Oliver" until she was persuaded to choreograph her first pantomime which eventually led her to make the decision to quit performing and concentrate on choreography and then directing. She choreographed operas and operettas for ENO, Opera North, Scottish Opera, and Australian Opera and choreographed and directed for Opera Holland Park. Productions at Chichester Festival Theatre including 'Song of Singapore' a concert version of 'Anyone Can Whistle' for Covent Garden Festival at The Savoy Theatre, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Boyfriend and They're Playing Our Song (Hong Kong), Kiss Me Kate (Reykjavik) associate director for She Loves Me
She has choreographed and/or directed numerous productions all round the country including: The Boyfriend, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Happy End, West Side Story, Nunsense,Happy as a Sandbag, Noel and Gertie, Cabaret, half a Sixpence, Carousel, etc, etc, etc, and lots G. and S including: The Mikado (Cambridge Theatre) Yeoman of the Guard
Opera Holland Park, The Gondoliers (Bristol Old Vic)
Because she loved working with actors and singers, she was often asked to do a lot of incidental dance and movement for stage, films, and television. She had a wonderful time working on three productions at The Albert Hall.
She is married to the actor Ian Lavender and they live in Suffolk.