Paola Hartley (Soloist) was born in Bonn, Germany, and grew up in South Africa and Chile. She studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, and Gyula Pandi. In 1993, she joined Ballet de Santiago with Marcia Haydée as her director and was promoted to soloist in 1997. Paola joined Ballet Arizona as a principal dancer in 1998, under the directorship of Ib Andersen where she premiered leading roles in his productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Play, and Indigo Rhapsody. Her modern repertoire includes pieces by Kevin O'Day, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Julia Adams, Moses Pendleton, and Dwight Rhoden.