Ricardo Hartley III, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is currently a senior at The Juilliard School under the direction of Alicia Graf Mack. Ricardo began training in classical ballet, modern, and jazz at the age of 13 at the Ailey Camp Atlanta Summer Intensive. From thereon, Ricardo trained all over the metro-Atlanta area at schools such as Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, City Gate Dance Theatre, and the Dekalb School of the Arts. During his training in Atlanta, Ricardo spent summers at the Miami City Ballet School, Next Generation Ballet, and the Atlanta Ballet. In 2015, Ricardo was awarded as a dance finalist for the Georgia's Governor's Honors Program. In 2016, Ricardo was selected to be apart of Steve Harvey's Disney Dreamers Academy.
In 2016, Ricardo and his family relocated to Dallas, Texas to attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While at Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Ricardo trained at Chamberlain School of Ballet under the direction of Kathy Chamberlain. In 2017, Ricardo was awarded finalist for the National YoungArts Foundation in modern dance. The same year, Ricardo attended the Netherlands Dans Theatre Summer Intensive.
While at The Juilliard School, Ricardo has become a multifaceted dancer, choreographer, and artist. He has performed works by Jerome Robbins, Bryan Arias, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Andrea Miller, and many more. Ricardo has received numerous scholarships and awards from The Juilliard School such as the Irene Diamond Scholarship, Barbara Brandt Scholarship, and the Majorie Tallman Memorial Scholarship in Dance. During his summers away from college, Ricardo continued to train at intensives such as the Orsolina 28 Pite/Forsythe intensive. Currently, Ricardo serves on faculty at the International City School of Ballet in Atlanta, Georgia.
Most recently, Ricardo was awarded the Outstanding Choreographer's Award from the Youth American Grand Prix. He was also honored to be featured in the FortyFiveTen 2020 Men's Campaign.
In 2020, Ricardo and his mother co-founded Adoration of the Queer Mind, a lifestyle brand to combat the mental health issues within the LGBTQIA community. With the love and support of his family and friends, Ricardo is very excited to see how his life as dancer, choreographer, creative, and social activist blossom.