A Bay Area based artist, I am fascinated by the intersection of beauty, movement, sentience, cultural behavior, and aesthetics. Growing up in the rugged coastal town of Santa Cruz, CA, I developed an immense love for nature, learning, movement, and travel at a young age, which I actively apply to my creative endeavors.
With years of dance training under my belt, I graduated high school at 15 years old and gained an AA degree in Music. I then went on to receive my BA in Philosophy (with a Theater/Dance minor) from UC Berkeley at age 20. During my final year of college, I began training at The Meisner Technique Studio in San Francisco, completing the two year acting program. Since graduating, I have worked as a dancer, actor, and choreographer in various capacities (see resume and video pages for more details). I also lived in Israel for half a year, dancing my heart out.
I am currently the Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company, as well as a company dancer with ArcTangent Dance Company, and operate as a freelance choreographer. I am on staff as a ballet and contemporary teacher at Montage Dance Productions and Ayana Dance School. Previously, I taught Barre and movement classes across Los Angeles, including at Equinox and on the FOX Studios lot. Additionally, I have experience in curation, arts administration, and leadership, having served as Performing Arts Manager at the Oshman Family JCC, Director of Experience at Starcity, and Co-Curator of TEDxPaloAlto.
Ongoing projects include an activist screen dance project, Telephone, in collaboration with Krishna Washburn. Telephone brings awareness to the important art form of audio description for dance. For more information, please visit Telephone's website.
Photo Credit: Kavan Lake (photos 1, 2, 3), Kassandra Langley (photo 5) Image Description 1: Black and white headshot of Heather (female, long brown hair, green eyes) with one arm across her body resting on shoulder, the other holding her hair behind her head. Image 2: Heather standing with one leg crossed behind the other, bent legs. Arms are across her body in a circle shape. Image 3: Heather is jumping with one leg in front and one behind, on the diagonal plane. A male photographer's back (Kavan Lake) is in the shot, as he captures the image. Image 4: A close up headshot of Heather (female, long brown hair, green eyes and freckles) with a black background. Image 5: Heather is outside on grass and is captured mid-action as she falls over one leg to the side.