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Heather trained professionally at L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, with Mary Ross, Joyce Shietze and Celia France at The School of Dance in Ottawa; and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. She is a graduate of Arts Umbrella’s Professional Dance Program (under the direction of Artemis Gordon) and Maindance Vancouver’s professional Artist in Residency Program (under the direction of Kathryn Ricketts and Grant Strate).
Heather has worked with several independent artists and Canadian dance companies, and her work has taken her across the country, performing with Donna Redlick, Hanna Kiel, and Link Dance in Vancouver, BC; the Longest Night Society, Jude Wong, and the Society of Independent Yukon Dance Artists in Whitehorse, YT; Monique Romeiko in Montreal, QC; the Bubonic Tourist Theatre in Calgary, AB; and Desiraeda Dance Theatre, and Angela Blumberg right here in Toronto. She has also created her own choreography for a number of companies and schools, including York Dance Ensemble (Toronto ON), Nakai Theatre Ensemble (Whitehorse YT), the Bubonic Tourist Theatre (Calgary AB), and Dance Alberta (Edmonton AB). She also choreographed for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, YT.
Heather teaches classical ballet technique based on the Cecchetti Method, known for its clean lines and elegance, and has taught ballet, creative movement and contemporary dance to young people in Vancouver, Edmonton, Whitehorse, and Toronto in a variety of recreational and pre–professional settings. As a teacher Heather prioritizes sound alignment, joy of movement, creativity, and the development of a clean technique. Recently, Heather studied choreography and dance dramaturgy in the Dance M.F.A. Program at York University and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals with Donna Redlick in Vancouver. She joined the faculty of The S.P.A.C.E. in 2011.