Nicole Hattler received her formal ballet training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated in 1987. She trained under many renowned teachers such as Duncan Noble, Robert Lindgren, Marina Eglevsky, Mimi Paul, Robert Denvers, Fanchon Cordell and Melissa Hayden. She also trained at the San Francisco Ballet School (with scholarship), Pacific North West Ballet, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. From 1988-1995 she was the Co-director of the Land of Sky Ballet in Asheville, NC and their production of the Nutcracker. Her favorite professional roles include the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Arabian Lead, Rose Flower Lead, Bluebird Pas de Deux and performing with the modern company, ADD Dance. In 1996 she became a founding Director of the Asheville Center of Performing Arts and the Asheville City Ballet. Over eleven years, she choreographed many original full-length productions including Dorothy’s Adventure in Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan as well as original pieces for Winter and Spring Concerts. Many of her students have earned college dance scholarships, acceptance in summer dance programs, and positions in professional dance companies including North Carolina Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Lexington Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Columbia Classical Ballet and Jacksonville Ballet. Ms. Hattler accepted the Vail Youth Ballet directorship in the fall of 2014.