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Performing Arts -What you need to know
Monday, April 26, 2010 by Shelley Miles
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I have the honor of welcoming Tracy Vonder Haar, artistic director of the Vonder Haar Performing Arts Center.
Tracy Vonder Haar, a former member of the world-renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago,
brings 43 years of teaching experience to Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts.
Before moving to California, Tracy lived in Chicago where she taught at The Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance,
Lou Conte Dance Studio (home of Hubbard Street),
directed Chicago Studio for Dance and Musical Theatre, was Artistic Director of Dance and Company, was dance coordinator for the
Musical Theatre Department at Columbia College, and was the director of the children’s choir (in several cities)
for the Canadian/National tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT starring Donny Osmond.

She has choreographed and/or directed commercials, industrials, television shows, and scores of revues and musicals, including PETER PAN,
 CAROUSEL, and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, just to name a few. She was also a resident choreographer for eight years for
Yip’s Children’s Choir in both Los Angeles and Hong Kong where her choreography has been seen in over two dozen countries.
Other teaching credits include Webster University (St. Louis), Los Angeles Trade Technical College,
and over a decade at Pasadena Civic Ballet. She is currently on the faculty at Los Angeles Valley College in addition to her classes at VHC.

Tracy has worked in almost all aspects of the theatre for most all her life — as an actress,
dancer, member of the stage crew, stage manager, box office attendant, house manager, director, choreographer, and producer.
This background and love of the theatre has “set the stage” for Vonder Haar Center for the Performing Arts.

Tracy shares her wisdom with parents on  the value of a performing arts education and what is important for to look for in a program for their child.

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