Frank Hay grew up in the Bay Area of California where he studied dance and gymnastics with his father. His early training included exposure to some of the finest dance companies in the world. He performed children’s roles with such notables as the San Francisco Ballet and the touring Bolshoi and Leningrad Kirov Ballet Companies.
He attended the University of Utah under a scholarship where he majored in ballet with an emphasis on performance technique. After two years, he joined Ballet West where he toured Europe for six weeks during his first season. With Ballet West he danced principal roles in major ballets including Bournonville’s Napoli Act III, Bruce Mark’s Don Juan and Lark Ascending, and Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Serenade and Symphony in C. He also performed three soloist roles in the PBS filming of Christensen’s The Nutcracker that has been broadcast internationally. Frank marks his training with Christensen, Marks, Toni Lander and Leon Danilian during this time as the most significant in his early career.
After nine years in Utah, Frank accepted a position with the Atlanta Ballet where he performed principal roles in The Nutcracker and Tom Pazik’s Cinderella and Firebird. He then spent a year as a principal dancer with the Tampa Ballet before joining the Louisville Ballet under the direction of Alan Jones. His first engagement with Louisville Ballet included a tour of Texas with Mikhail Baryshinikov. Some of the other highlights of his eight years in Louisville include dancing principal and soloist roles in such major works as Jooss’s The Green Table, Loring’s Billy the Kid, Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliant, Bournonville’s La Sylphide (staged by Erik Burhn) and Ruthanna Goris’s Cakewalk.
He has also restaged many of the works from the classical repertory including the second acts of Giselle and Swan Lake. Frank’s choreographic credits also include Juvenile Ambition (a work based on his training in Bournonville technique), Partita Prelude and The Creation, based on the Hayden Oratory. He recently served as choreographer of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s production of Oklahoma! and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera productions of Hansel and Gretel and Orfeo and Euridice.