Hazel Sabas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Major in Dance Performance and Choreography. A Fulbright award recipient, she is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT® 200) with Yoga Alliance, Certified Instructor By Earth Yoga and Certified Qi Gong Instructor by Nam Yang Pugilistic Association. Ms Sabas completed training in STOTT Pilates mat (Advanced) and STOTT Pilates reformer (Intermediate), Oasis Mind- Body Conditioning Pilates Mat II and Yoga Therapy (Module 1). She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Music, trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and was a Principal Dancer of Ballet Philippines. She teaches ballet at School of the Arts (SOTA) Singapore.
Having performed internationally since 14 years of age with Dance Theatre Philippines and Ballet Philippines, Hazel worked and studied with world-renowned ballet masters and choreographers. She performed notable lead roles in Don Quixote, La Fille Mal Gardee, La Bayadere and Carmen, to name a few. Ms Sabas had the privilege of performing alongside famous dancers Yoko Morishita, Fernando Bujones, Alicia Alonso, Patrick Bissell, Martin Van Hamel, Leslie Brown, Joyce Cuoco, Julio Bocca and Wes Chapman. In 1987, she was one of the featured Ballet Philippines principal artists in a gala with Stars of American Ballet Theatre.
Hazel was the artistic director of Ballet Lubbock and ballet mistress with Ballet Memphis. Her critically-acclaimed works include Cinderella, SYNCHRONICITY, Green, Dracula, Firebird, Deconstructing Gershwin, Rite of Spring, Carmen Suite, Nutcracker, and Daragang Magayon. When one of Ms Sabas’ works was entered into the Choreographic Competition Finals in Paris, notable French dance critic René Sirvin singled out her work saying, "From the seven competitors, only one showed real invention and originality, Hazel Sabas-Gower, whose six excellent dancers of Ballet Memphis performed the ingenious choreography Deconstructing Gershwin..."
Hazel was ballet mistress at Michigan Ballet Academy, ballet professor at Alma College, assistant professor at University of Massachusetts, lecturer at University of North Texas, ballet faculty at Texas Christian University and lecturer at University of the Philippines Diliman. In addition, she was also a guest choreographer and/ or instructor at Texas Ballet Theatre Academy, Taipei National University of the Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Dallas Conservatory and Ballet Academy East, where she premiered her work Synchronicity at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City.
Hazel also trained and completed courses in STOTT Pilates mat (Advanced) and STOTT Pilates reformer (Intermediate) plus Yoga Therapy (Module 1). Her works are represented at New York Public Library's Jerome Robbins Dance Division.