Visiting professor Stephen Hadala began his dance training at the age of 6 at Allard Academy of Dance. After graduating from Grosse Pointe North High School, he attended Marygrove College as a dance performance major. While attending Marygrove, he studied ballet under Jacob Lascu and Jordeen Ivanov. He also studied modern dance with Penny Godboldo.
He performed in Dance Detroit's production of the Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. Stephen also attended summer programs at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Chicago National Ballet Forum and the School of American Ballet.
In 1998, Stephen left Detroit to study at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Later that fall, he was hired as a fulltime company member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. While dancing with PBT, he performed various soloist and principal roles of their eclectic repertoire.
Some of Stephen's favorite performance roles include Dracula in Ben Stevenson's Dracula; George in John McFall's Great Gatsby; Elegy Boy in George Balanchine's Serenade; Mitch in John Neumeier's A Street Car Named Desire; Dr. Copelius in Terrence S. Orr's Coppelia; and Johnny in Paul Taylor's Company B, amongst many, many other.
Stephen has performed in Hokkaido Japan, Austria, Germany, and Israel as well as all over the United States. He is currently the co-artistic director and owner of Great Lakes Dance Centre in Clinton Township.