Heidi - Director / Instructor
Heidi has been a baton twirler since age four and a dancer since age six. As a child, Heidi modeled for local Chicago stores, K-Mart, and Sears and appeared in several stage productions. As twirler she trained with coaches in Long Beach, Ca and Chicago, IL. She won numerous state, regional, and national titles. At age 15, Heidi toured Europe with other twirlers performing in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland. She was member of the United States Twirling Team from 1976 through 1982. Heidi taught summer twirling camps in Ohio for several years. She has also taught in Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. She has coached state, regional, and national individual and team champions since 1977. Heidi was a Park Hill High School cheerleader and feature twirler for the Trojan Marching Band. While at Park Hill, she performed for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals including a performance at the World Series. Heidi attended Missouri Western State College on full scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She was the feature twirler for the M.W.S.C. Golden Griffin Marching Band and a Golden Girl for the Kansas City Kings basketball team. Heidi was one of five women from the United States and Canada to be invited to Peru, South America as a Good Will Ambassador. Heidi has performed in Hawaii and Australia. As a dancer she won a national scholarship to attend the Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood, California. She continues to study and maintain her skills in current dance styles and instruction techniques. She has trained State, Regional, National and World twirling and regional and national dance champions. Heidi is proud to say that she has alumni working in the entertainment industry. She feels that her greatest accomplishment is the adoption of her daughter, Holly Grace. In the spring of 2014, Heidi was hired as the director and coach of Missouri Western University's Mystics Dance Team. Her love of baton twirling and dance is something she wants to pass on to her students.
Emily - Instructor
Emily has been dancing since age 2. After high school, Emily traveled to Los Angeles, CA to further her dance education. She had the privilege attending classes at the Millennium Dance Complex, which led to greater opportunities. She received a role as a principal dancer with the North Hollywood Jazz Ensemble under the direction of world renowned teacher/choreographer Michael Menna. Emily has also appeared in many print ads, commercials, ABC family show "Switched" and CBS mini-series "Gone in the Night. HDC is glad to have her back as an instructor. As a former Hero she uses her talents to teach the Hero dance team. Her students have won regional and national tiles and awards. Emily also teaches combo, ballet, hip hop, technique, dance line and leaps & turns classes. She also lends her expertise to choreographing and teaching dances to wedding parties in the metro area. In addition to her dance talents, Emily is a make-up artist who provides her services for weddings, proms and other special occasions. Emily is the mom of two daughters Ella and Evie. She is excited to have her daughter, Ella, become a second generation HDC student and Hero team member.
Jake - Guest Instructor / Choreographer
Jake is originally from Kansas City and is currently residing in North Hollywood, CA. Jake is graduate of AMDA –LA Conservatory and College of the Performing Arts. Jake is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency in Los Angeles. He has performed in numerous live shows since moving to Los Angeles. In addition to working with Paula Abdul, he has worked with choreographers Tyce Diorio (Taylor Swift & SYTYCD), Doriana Sanchez (Cher), Tina Landon(Janet Jackson) and Michael Rooney. Jake will serve as a guest teacher/choreographer to HDC as often as possible. He began his dance career as a student & dance Hero at HDC at the age of 7. As a competitive dancer, Jake has won numerous awards and scholarships. Jake has appeared in "Anything Goes" and "Footloose" at Starlight Theater and Kidz Rock in Branson. Jake's technical abilities, work ethic, and passion for the art of dance is something we believe will be an asset to our staff and students. Jake looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and choreography skills with all HDC students.