Grace Snider began her training at the School of the Colorado Ballet in Denver at age 4.  At 14, after two summers at Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive, she was invited into the professional division where she spent two years training under Ben Stevenson, Clara Cravey and Steve Brule.  Upon graduating, she joined Houston Ballet and spent five seasons dancing with the company.  She later spent 2 seasons with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, before retiring in 1999.


Mrs. Snider began her teaching career at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet in Pittsburgh, PA, teaching advanced levels and staging various works on the students.  From there, she settled in Iowa where she spent 18 years directing ballet divisions at two different fledgling dance programs; infusing them with a strong classical presence that offered professional-levelopportunities to ballet students in those small communities.  Her students have been accepted into professional academies and respected dance programs throughout the US and Canada, including: Houston Ballet Academy, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Canada's National Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Miami City Ballet School, Indiana University and Julliard.    


Mrs. Snider is passionate about passing on the knowledge and traditions of ballet that her legendary mentors passed to her.  She is honored to be returning to the place that made her into the dancer and teacher that she has become, and excited to be a part of giving those same opportunities to future generations of HBA students.