Haruka Tamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and started training at the age of 5. She was a scholarship student at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance Performance in 2014, under the direction of Stephen Pier. During her time at Hartt, she received a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship (2011-2012). She also spent her training in summer intensives at Boston Ballet and Atlanta Ballet with a full scholarship.
Haruka’s professional career started when she was invited to perform as the lead dancer, Eliza, in The King and I at The Muny Theatre, St. Louis, in 2012. Upon graduating she was offered a position at José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Boston and performed many featured roles throughout her four seasons with JMBT. In JMBT’s final production, she performed a principal role in Mateo’s most famous ballet called House of Ballet. She also danced with the Boston based contemporary dance company, FUCKUDANCE, touring through New England and Mexico.
Haruka has been teaching ballet and contemporary and guest teaching schools across New England and Japan since she was 18. She currently teaches an adult open class at The Brookline Ballet School.
Besides artistic career in dance, Haruka found her passion in nursing when she was an early teenager. She earned her second bachelor’s degree in Nursing at University of Massachusetts Boston in 2021. She currently works as a registered nurse at a rehab/acute care facility in Boston area.