For 10 years, DDC has been a joyful, creative, fluid and multi-functional space in the heART of Missoula’s vibrant downtown neighborhood. It is a place where artists of all disciplines can collaborate with others to share their crafts and passions with the community. Our programs provide the opportunity for Every Body, Every Ability to grow, physically, spiritually and culturally through classes, workshops, performances, and art exhibitions.DDC is located inside the historic LaFlesch building. The 130 year old brick, maple floors, and high ceilings provide a warm and inviting space for weddings, meetings, fundraisers and other various celebrations.
Heather began her professional career in Phoenix in High School with Ballet Arizona and the Lydia Torea Spanish Dance Company. She was also fortunate enough to go South Mountain Center for the Performing Arts and study dance in their magnet program, which opened the door to a scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she earned her BFA in Dance with an emphasis on Modern and Ballet. She moved to New York shortly after graduating and continued her training at the Alvin Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center. On a short break from New York, Heather fell in love with Missoula. Initially, the plan was to stay for a few months and move back to the city. She never moved back to NYC and instead fell with MSO!
Heather founded the DDC 10 years ago. She serves as ED and teaches ballet, modern, jazz, swing, salsa, kids, Flamenco, private lessons, and musical theatre classes. She continues to be involved in the community, teaching and performing at various Missoula events, festivals, parties and volunteering her time to local non-profits. She was on staff at the University of Montana School of Theater and Dance for 5 years as the Jazz Adjunct Instructor and has worked with the Missoula Children’s Theater for over a decade as a performer and choreographer for community shows and summer camps.
Originally a concert dancer, musical theatre was not on the radar until moving to Missoula and working with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Now many years have past and the love for the form deepens. She choreographs, directs and produces whenever she gets the chance. She also loves helping local non-profits with their entertainment elements of the fundraiser.
Performing, Choreography and Directing credits including, Noises Off, CATS, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Forbidden Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, West Side Story, HAIR, Footloose, Music Man, 9 to 5, Always Patsy Cline, Mary Poppins, Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Rocky Horror Show, LIVE, Church Basement Ladies, A Grand Night for Singing, and The Nutcracker.