Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Tamara Hadley received her early training with the San Diego Ballet Company, which she joined at age 13. Ms. Hadley joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in 1975 and was promoted to Principal in 1977. Her repertoire includes all the major classical roles, including Swanilda in Coppélia, Giselle, the Sylph in La Sylphide, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, as well as many of the most technically difficult Balanchine ballets including Concerto Barocco, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Agon, Prodigal Son, Who Cares?, and Raymonda Variations.
Ms. Hadley has had many roles created for her by choreographers such as Richard Tanner, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Weiss, Jean Pierre Bonnefoux, Margo Sappington, and Lynn-Taylor Corbett. Peter Martins choreographed his Mozart Violin Concerto especially to showcase Ms. Hadley's strength and impeccably precise pointe work.
Ms. Hadley's guesting experiences have included an appearance with Rudolph Nureyev in Apollo and a gala evening with Alexander Goudanov. At Milwaukee Ballet, she and her husband and partner, William DeGregory, were the resident guest artists. As a couple, they toured with "Evening of Stars" to South America and China for several years, performed at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow, and appeared twice on the PBS Dance in America series.
Ms. Hadley retired as Principal Dancer in 1995 after 20 years with Pennsylvania Ballet. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Mr. DeGregory, former Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer and current Pennsylvania Ballet II Director.