Hazel Lever is a recent alumna of Harvard College, concentrating in History and Science with a secondary in Global Health/Health Policy. Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, she began her dance training at the age of 3 at Ballet Spartanburg under the direction of artistic director Carlos Agudelo and ballet mistress Lona Gomez. As an apprentice and then a company member, she trained and performed there through her graduation. Here, she also performed with Amy Marshall Dance Company and in Debbie Allen's "Brothers of the Knight", both at the Chapman Cultural Center.
She has trained at summer programs with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Joffrey Midwest, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and, most recently, at the Bates Dance Festival.
At Harvard, she performed with Harvard Ballet Company, working with guest choreographers Josie Walsh, Serena Mackool, Owen David, Peter Pucci, Boyko Dossev, Darcy Naganuma, Nina Stoller-Lindsey, and Ricky Kuperman, as well as many student choreographers. She choreographed for the company as well as serving on the board as the Director, Co-Producer, Secretary, and Ballet Mistress. She also worked with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, choreographing HAIR, Cabaret, and Wonderful Town, and dance-producing RENT .
Through the Harvard Dance Program, she had the opportunity to work with Liz Lerman and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in Harvard Arts Intensives. She was named a Spring 2013 Harvard Dance Program Emerging Choreographer, under the mentorship of Jill Johnson, Pontus Lidberg, and Andrea Miller, to work on At Last, her original dance-theater show which opened in the Loeb Experimental Theater in May 2013. She received an Artistic Development Fellowship from the Harvard Office for the Arts and received the Caroline Isenberg Prize for the Performing Arts.
She received her first professional commission to set In creaturis choris - originally performed by Harvard Ballet Company - on Ballet Spartanburg in spring 2013. She choreographed Opera Brittenica's inaugural production, The Rape of Lucretia, in fall 2013. She has had her work performed at Green Space, the Queens Arts Council's 3rd Space, Columbia University, and WOW Cafe Theater.
She now resides in Brooklyn.