Early Dance Background:
Originally from New Jersey, Heather has always been a dancer. She is best known for her versatility, technique, professionalism, and performance ability. Her parents put her in classes at 2 1/2, and as she grew she excelled. By age 10 she had won numerous awards and performed as a mouseketeer in a Disney stage show brought to NJ for two seasons. She chose to leave her competition studio to join Ballet South and train under the direction of Ballet Russe principal dancer Victor Moreno. There, she performed various roles including Clara in The Nutcracker for three years. At 12, Heather was the youngest dancer to be accepted to the NJ Summer Arts Institute and received her first NJ Governor's Award for Advancement in the Arts. At 13, she was awarded a scholarship to train at Princeton Ballet. From there, she trained with Pennsylvania Civic Ballet, Cherie Noble, Eddie Myers, Barbara Sandanato & Alexi Yudenich. During ages 14-17, Heather was a member of the Vineland Regional Dance Company under the direction of Maxine Chapman. During that time, she spent two summers on scholarship at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At 16 she was awarded a scholarship to particpate in the NJ Governor's School of the arts and she was invited back the following year as a segueartist. At 17, she received her second NJ Governor's Award for Advancement in the Arts and was also a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Awardee. Upon high school graduation she turned down an apprenticeship with Nashville Ballet to attend the Boston Conservatory . There she was one of only two freshman invited to perform her first semester. Training under an incredible staff during her four years at BCM, she continued to excel in performance and choreography both in school and at outside engagements. During college summers she attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Center & Jacob's Pillow Modern Traditions on scholarship. A college graduate, Heather set her sights on NYC where she danced with Freeman Reperatory Dance, Jette Performance Company, Disney, amongst others. Eager to explore the world beyond the east coast, she joined Odyssey Dance Theater in Utah for one season. Continuing west, she headed to Los Angeles where she has resided ever since. The west coast has been good to her, providing opportunities on stage & screen. Please click on performer resume for more details.
After all these years, Heather remains in love with dance and being a dancer. She is passionate about exploring movement whatever the style, collaborating with and sharing the stage with talented artists, and performing for a wide range of audience members across the globe.
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