A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Harootian received his early dance training at the Performing Arts School of Worcester and the Burncoat Senior High Dance Department. During that time his main line of training was in classical ballet, but he also had extensive training in Modern dance, Jazz, and Musical Theater. He attended the University of Utah on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in ballet performing and teaching. At this time, he also became a member of Utah Ballet. While he was with Utah Ballet, he performed in and choreographed many of the department’s seasonal shows while dancing leading roles, including the company’s tour to Taipei, Taiwan in 2001. Mr. Harootian also performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Medal Plaza and the Festival of White Nights in Pushkin, Russia. From 2004-2011 Mr. Harootian was a company dancer and choreographer for Festival Ballet Providence and from 2010 -2012 he was also the company’s Director of Educational Outreach. Memorable dance roles include The Captain in Carmen, The Sailor in Con Amore, Doug Spivey in The Widow’s Broom, The lead in Anthony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading and the Chief of Thieves in Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights. Mr. Harootian captivates Festival Ballet Providence’s Up Close on Hope Performance Series audiences annually with his choreography, and has presented a number of notable premieres there.
Mr. Harootian was awarded the Fellowship Choreography Grant Award from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts in 2007 and 2011. He also was awarded by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation the Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Achievement Award in 2014. Most recently Mr. Harootian was an adjunct professor at Dean College and Salve Regina University and taught and choreograph at Island Moving Company, Ballet Arts Worcester B.A.W., Inc. Hanover Theater and Performing Arts Conservatory, Sally McDermott Dance Center, Cathy Taylor School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Red Shoe Dance Company, and Paula Meola’s Dance and Performing Arts Inc. Mr. Harootian has moved to Los Angeles with his wife in July 2017. In addition to teaching at Chapman University, Mr. Harootian will also be teaching and choreographing at California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) and Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA).