Tiffany Hedman of Fresno, California began her training at San Francisco Ballet School under Lola de Avila and Irina Jacobson. At age 13, she was awarded with an endowment for the continuation of her studies. Hedman continued training at Boston Ballet School and became a member of Boston Ballet II in 2002. She danced at Miami City Ballet for four seasons from 2004-2008 before joining Boston Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2008. In 2010 she was promoted to Second Soloist and in 2012 to soloist.
Featured roles with Boston Ballet include Snow Queen and Dew Drop in Nissinen’s "The Nutcracker," Principal in Balanchine’s "Emeralds," Turning Girl in "Symphony in 3 Movements," Lovers in "A Midsummer Nights Dream," Dawn in "Coppelia," 3rd Theme and Choleric in "The Four Temperaments," Mercedes in Jorma Elo’s "Carmen," Jiri Kylian’s "Petit Mort," "Falling Angels," "Bella Figura," William Forsythe’s "The Second Detail."
I may answer this a bit different than most. Every day that I am healthy and able to go to work and get to do what I love is an accomplishment. During the 2008-2009 season at Boston Ballet, my right lung collapsed from a condition called catamenial pneumothorax. It collapsed 3 more times in the following seasons. In 2010 I got promoted to second soloist and this season I got promoted to soloist, so continuing to move forward despite these odds is my greatest accomplishment.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
Integrity, consistency, and reliability all come to mind. I personally rely on Capezio to carry me through my every day in rehearsals and in performances. I have worn my Capezio pointe shoes for over 15 years and they have grown and adapted with me along the way. Capezio continues to reinvent itself just as we as dancers do every day.
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
That would have to be my special order pointe shoes made just for me buy a man to whom I owe my career, Serrafin.
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Stay focused on your goal. There will always be some one with a higher jump, longer legs, or prettier feet, but if you spend your time worrying about what is out of your control, You’re going to rob yourself of what you can accomplish. This profession is 50% physical and 50% mental. Do yourself a favor and be your biggest fan. Compete only with yourself and trust in what you have.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I would have to say That I have quite the passion for cars. Since I was a child, I have been fascinated and intrigued by them. A day spent at a car show or car race would be right up my alley.