A Modern-Day Ballerina
By Geneviève Badeau
Cover Photography: Jenn Hoffman
Digital Post Production: Eric Brockob Design
Model/Artist: Anne-Tyler Harshbarger
Makeup/Hair: Leslie Rodriguez
Additional Photography: Charlie McCullers
Shot on Location: Atlanta Ballet
Ballerinas are known for their elegance and poetry in motion. Anne-Tyler Harshbarger, or Anne-Tyler as she is commonly known, is no exception to this rule and has the added advantage of having the looks of a fashion model. In fact she is so photogenic that she has become the face of Atlanta Ballet with her pictures in numerous newspapers and magazines. She does get a lot of attention this ballerina.
Not just a pretty face, Anne Tyler has been honing her dancing skills from since she began dance training at age 4 in Valdosta, GA. She always knew she wanted to be a ballerina from a young age and was lucky to have had the full support of her parents. She later studied under Judith Hockaday, ISTD, in Swindon, England. She attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts and spent summers with Joffrey Ballet School, New York, School of American Ballet, New York, and Hungarian Ballet Academy, Budapest. After Ben Stevenson invited her into the Houston Ballet Company she danced world premiers by Ben Stevenson, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welch. She has worked with noted choreographers Paul Taylor, Violette Verdy, James Kudelka, Dominic Walsh, Julia Adams, Ronald Hynd, Christopher Hampson, Michael Pink, John McFall, and Twyla Tharpe.
International tours have taken her to China, Taiwan, England, Holland and Mexico. Her featured roles include Lucy in Dracula, Sugarplum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Wendy in Peter Pan, Kate in Madam Butterfly, Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty. Contemporary and neoclassical lead roles include Petal, Sinfonietta Giocosa, Shoo Pah Minor, and Ramblin Suite. As her passion for music evolved she expanded from the classical to include Electronic Dance Music, later becoming a DJ under the name “DJ Anne-Tyler”. By applying the same focus she had used in classical music to the club scene, Anne-Tyler within 6 years of her smooth mixing and unique selections, has become one of the most sought after lady DJs on the scene. DJ Anne-Tyler has now established herself in Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ibiza, and Spain as one of the most versatile and passionate DJs today. Her repertoire includes an array of House (deep, tech, funky, progressive, broken-beat, electro), Breaks (funky), Drum ‘N Bass (liquid funk, atmospheric, old school), and Chillout/Downtempo. As well as clubs and private elite parties, she has played large scale corporate events for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, America’s Next Top Model, National Hockey League, Atlanta Ballet, 95.5 fm The Beat, Rialto Theatre, Marriott Marquis, W Hotel, Glenn Hotel, the Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, publications Six Degrees and Atlanta Peach, and numerous charity events and fundraisers.
During the summer, Anne-Tyler heads to Ibiza, Spain, the electronic music capitol of the world. In the summer of 2008 she was a resident DJ at Ibiza’s mega-club Amnesia, deemed “Best Global Club” for many consecutive years by the Winter Music Conference in Miami. “Espuma”, Ibiza’s premier foam party, “Manumission” and “People From Ibiza” were her weekly residencies. She was also a featured go-go dancer for Paul van Dyk’s “Cream” party, Armin Van Buren’s “Armada”, and Sven Vath’s “Cocoon”.
Despite the success she has gained as a DJ, Anne-Tyler has not forgotten her classical ballet roots. She continues to dance as an independent performing artist as well as teach private ballet lessons. Tirelessly looking for ways to express herself, she is now exploring new frontiers in music production and also acting in feature films. We are confident that wherever her future lies, she is sure to excel and will forever retain the title we have given her in MODE as the “modern-day ballerina.”
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