Vincent was born in Cape Town South Africa and won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet Upper School in 1973. He went on to join the Scottish Ballet in 1975 dancing solo roles from the outset. Principal roles soon followed and by the 1980s box offices across the country were beginning to witness a curious phenomenon: request for information on Vincent Hantam’s performance schedule. Of all the technically demanding roles Vincent danced, Spectre-de-la-Rose has been his greatest triumph. Re-creating Nijinsky’s legendary role in a production staged by John Gilpin – who was himself taught the role by Nijinsky’s partner Karsavina
Created roles soon followed: The water’s edge by Robert North. Peter Pan by Graham Lustig. Petrushka by Oleg Vinigradov of the Kirov Ballet and many more.
After 16 years with the Scottish Ballet Company, Vincent decided it was time to move on. He joined the Napac Dance Company in South Africa where he danced, reproduced ballets and taught the company. He was also a guest dancer with Pact Ballet in Pretoria dancing in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Q, Ashton’s Patineur (Blue Boy) and reproduced Spectre-de-la-Rose.
In 1991 Vincent was invited to teach at the University of Dance in Cape Town where he stayed for three years before returning to Scotland. The Dance School of New Zealand,Ballet West, Anniesland College and the Dance school of Scotland soon followed.
Since 2010, he has been involved with the Margaret Morris Movement (MMM) and is much in demand to teach that method both locally and abroad. He is the first “Artist in Resident” at the University of Edinburgh and teaches MMM.
Vincent is based in Glasgow and has become a popular teacher with visiting dance companies to Scotland. He teaches both locally and abroad.