Heather has danced for contemporary choreographers Amber Funk Barton, Claire French, Martha Carter and Judith Garray over 8 years, performing a multitude of contemporary full length works.
Heather entered into the world of Arts & Entertainment through acting at a young age. She was able to work in Film & TV, Voice Over and Print while represented by Characters Talent Management in Vancouver. She soon found a deep connection to dance that lead her to train with Suzanne Ouellette at Arts Umbrella. Heather auditioned and was excepted to attended professional ballet school in Montreal, Quebec (L'Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec) from the ages of 12-14 years. She returned to Vancouver to continue training with the Goh Ballet Professional Division and toured with them to France and China twice, performing works from Joffrey Ballet choreographers to such classics as Paquita. During this time she learned from choreographers Rachael Poirier and Bill Robertson before moving to Toronto.
In Toronto she began working in musical theatre and honing her singing skills. She landed her first chorus role in a Charlottetown musical where she understudied the lead. She then sang in three original musicals for Disney Cruise Lines playing such roles as Cinderella, Belle, Meg and more. Heather continued to work in musical theatre as she danced in Film & TV and was acting in independent films.
After 5 years in Toronto Heather returned to Vancouver where she was able to play a multitude of characters on screen and in plays. Selected Credits: The Chris Isaak Show, Dead Like Me, Earthsea, Lizzie Mcguire Movie(Marty Kudelka, Kelly Konno), The Score (Crystal Pite).
Heather took interest in producing plays, directing and choreographing stage shows with a profound curiosity in the art of choreography. She immersed herself in street style training (Popping, B-girling, House and Waacking) and took part in many choreography focused research and development opportunities. Heather is thankful for the lessons she has learned through her experiences and enjoys sharing them with students through master classes, adjudicating and setting pieces.
Grit, grind then groove.
Heather has performed on stage and screen as an actor, dancer and singer. Her journey has lead her to weave in and out of the commercial and company sectors of dance. She recently choreographed a musical episode for "Riverdale" Season 2, the Lifetime Biopic "Britney Ever After" and iZombie Season 4. As an on set choreographer Heather has choreographed for The CW Network's iZombie (season 2, 3 & 4), A&E's "Bates Motel", Lifetime Network's Movie "If There be Thorns", The Hallmark Network, State Farm (25 spots), Metamucil, American Family Insurance, Crayola, Tree House/YTV's "Bobs and Lolo" and the Fox series “The Killing”. Heather's work has been shown at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dance All Sorts, Pop Up Dances, The Dance Centre (Vancouver) Eco Fashion Week and Soundbites Festival in New York City. In 2017, her full length contemporary dance piece "The Tunnel" was presented by New Works, a full length contemporary creation for Canada's 150 Celebration's "Spring LIghts" with Hfour (part of the Cherry Blossom Festival) along with a 20 minute text and contemporary dance piece created for the response dance company and the apprenticeship program presented at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
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