Lance Hardin – Artistic Director
Photo by Sue Daniels

Photo by Sue Daniels

Lance Hardin is a native of Chicago, where he received his training from Larry Long at the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet from Indiana University, where he studied under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Jacques Cesbron, and Violette Verdy. As a professional dancer, Mr. Hardin has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre (currently Charlotte Ballet), Chautauqua Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Boulder Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, and the Yoko Kasai Ballet Studio located in Japan. He has performed principal roles by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine (Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Who Cares), Paul Taylor (Esplanade, Company B), Dwight Rhoden (Verge), Nacho Duato (Jardi Tancat), William Forsythe (In the Middle Somewhat Elevated), Michael Pink (Romeo and Juliet), and Alonzo King (Map). Presently, Lance is enjoying many requests as guest artist, teacher, and choreographer. Mr. Hardin has taught dance for the past 23 years and holds numerous choreographic credits including The Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project, Springfield Ballet Company, Boulder Ballet and Fractured a collaboration with his wife Amy Earnest for James Sewell Ballet. Prior to joining Boulder Ballet, Lance and Amy served as Co-Dance Directors at The Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Minnesota. Lance served as Associate Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet for four years before becoming Artistic Director in 2020.

Lizanne McAdams-Graham – School Director
Lizanne McAdams-Graham, has over 38 years experience as a professional dancer and instructor.   She began training at the age of 3 under the direction of her late mother, Lorraine McAdams. She has an extensive history with her mother’s company, the National Ballet of New Jersey.  A scholarship student to Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Craft of Choreography NARB workshops. She joined the Croatian National Ballet Theatre in Zagreb, in the former Yugoslavia at the age of 17 dancing principal and leading roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake, Serenade, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, Graduation  Ball, Carmina Burana, Bolero and Cinderella. She studied with Finus Yhung, David Howard, John Prince, Maria Vegh, Basil Thompson, Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Maggie Black and Robert Blankshine, Kristina Elliot, Yehuda Maor, Loyce Holton, Robert Blankshine and Pavel Rotaru.

Ms. McAdams-Graham became principal dancer with the renowned ODC/San Francisco, completing world tours including Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and Australia, along with Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, City Center, Lincoln Center in NYC, and Kennedy Center in D.C. She has guest appeared for Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco Opera Ballet Companies in “Faust”, “Die Fledermaus”, “La Traviata” “Orfeo Ed Euridice” and “Aida” and appeared on the PBS televised production of “Dance in America” and the major motion picture “The In Crowd.”

Ms. McAdams served on the faculty for Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Point Park College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Drexel University and San Francisco Institute of Dance. She set major ballets on Charleston Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Walnut Hill.  She retired from performing in 1997 and has since taught professional level and company class for Boulder Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Zikir Dance Ensemble and Ballet Nouveau. She held professional classes at Colorado Ballet and has since relocated them to Denver Dance Center. She was the company teacher for Dawson/Wallace Dance Project and Ballet Director for Sweatshop in Denver, CO. the Director and Founder of the High Pointe Dance Academy, a pre professional children’s school for 13 years. Currently Ms. McAdams-Graham is the Ballet Director for Sweatshop in Denver, CO.

Claudia Anata Hubiak – Executive Director

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Claudia Anata Hubiak is a Boulder native and began her dance career at Boulder Ballet as a student. Claudia holds an MFA from NYU at Tisch. She studied at NYU on a full scholarship Dean’s Fellowship and was honored with the position of Graduate Student Assistant in Film for Dance.  While in New York she taught choreography and technique at NYU for the Future Dancers and Dance Makers program. Claudia was a co-founder of Vispo Dance in San Francisco, (2004-2009) and founded and directed The Anata Project from 2011-2019. Claudia has been a Resident Artist of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Shawl Anderson and The California Historical Society. She was a 2018 recipient of the CHIME award with Margaret Jenkins for choreographic mentorship. Her work has been presented in New York, San Francisco and Colorado at: Z Space, ODC, Dance Mission Theater, The West Wave Dance Festival, SPF7, 111 Minna Gallery, The Garage, Judson Memorial Church, NYU, DanceNow’s Joe’s Pub, The Atlas Theater, LaMama’s Ellen Stewart Theater, The Wave Rising Series, Danny Studios, and The Dairy Center For The Arts. Claudia was an educator for Lines Ballet and taught choreography for the SF school of the Arts from 2012-2019. In 2014 she founded the Anata Wellness Outreach Program dedicated to bringing dance, meditation and somatic practices to schools throughout the Bay Area. Claudia is delighted to come full circle back to Boulder to support the growth of Boulder Ballet.

Celeste Sikora – Development Director

Celeste Sikora Development DirectorCeleste Sikora began her professional career in the performing arts at the age of 10. She danced throughout the Hawaiian Islands as a member of Marion Jay Dance Company, Punahou Dance Theater, and performed in numerous musical theater productions with Diamond Head Theater. She holds a BA in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography & Directing.  In 1989, she was a featured new choreographer with Eliot Feld’s Feld Days in New York City. In 1990, she launched a dance business designing a dance curriculum for children and implementing it, in over 28 onsite dance programs throughout the Seattle metro area. From 1992-2000, she owned and operated her own dance studio in Colorado; teaching, managing a staff of 5 instructors and growing her studio to offer all forms of dance to over 500 children and adults per week.

As choreographer and dance coach for the Colorado Children’s Chorale, her choreography has been performed for President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (‘97), President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford (‘96), Aspen Music Festival (’96, ‘97), Colorado Gubernatorial Inauguration (‘95), Sprint International Golf Tournaments (’95, “96,’97), Denver Summit of the Eight (‘97), The Colorado Symphony (’95-’97), Colorado Opera (’95-’97), and the Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Olympic Festival.

Over the last 20 years, Celeste Sikora has excelled in development and leadership positions in the Colorado nonprofit sector. Celeste’s passion for connecting donors to the causes they care about led her to launch her own nonprofit consulting business in 2014. Celeste has helped several nonprofits and development professionals reach their full fundraising potential through strategic planning, donor portfolio management, sponsorship & activation, as well as board and volunteer engagement. As a frontline fundraiser, Celeste has experience developing successful relationships with donors and non-profits through annual funds, capital campaigns, endowment campaigns, and major gifts. Collectively, Celeste has helped to raise over $83 million for Colorado nonprofits. She is excited to combine her love for dance and ignite a passion for the arts, performance, and education through a comprehensive and robust philanthropic program for the Boulder Ballet.