Heather grew up dancing in Midland, Ontario at The Dancer’s Studio with the competitive dance group Images Dance Company. She was interested in Musical Theatre from a young age, taking vocal and acting classes as well. While attending Queen’s University to obtain a B.A.H. in Drama and English Literature, she was a student and teacher at the Queen’s Dance Club. She also continued her vocal training, taking classical vocal courses with the Queen’s Music Department. Heather continued to train with classes in tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and jazz. She attended multiple dance conventions where she has the honour of learning from dance world greats including Marty Kudelka, Kelly Konno and Tyce Diorio.
After graduation, Heather moved to Toronto to perform and continue to hone her singing, acting and dancing skills. She took dance classes with Lenny Dela Pena “Lenny Len” and Shawn Byfield, the highlight of which was a week-long tap dance intensive workshop featuring guest teachers Everett Smith and Dave Cox. Heather has performed in leading roles in numerous community theatre productions in the Toronto area including Urinetown, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Footloose. Heather has participated in many acting workshops including The Master Class Series: Triple Threat Intensive with Paul Aikens, the TV and Commercial Weekend with Sears and Switzer, the Audition Technique Workshop with Brian Levy and the 7 week long Scene Dynamics Course with Ron Leach of Dynamics Acting School.
Heather was thrilled to accept a position as a full time dance teacher in Norway at the Ørsta og Volda Ballettskule in August of 2011. Heather ran the Jazz and Hip-Hop programs and founded the Musical Theatre program for two years. She choreographed Christmas showcases for her classes as well as the full length original productions A Chance To Dance and Dancing Through Life. In her final year in Norway, Heather organized a dance competition in her area entitled Like No-One Is Watching: Dance Norway 2013. The Ørsta area held performance opportunities for Heather as well, as she was approached by the Volda Journalism School, who included her as a featured performer in a live/streaming television broadcast. She was also asked to participate in A Midsummer Night’s Festival as a performer and a workshop leader.
Heather is excited to share her love of dance and theatre with the students at YDA this year!