Heather Adams – Ballet, Kiddos Ballet, Tap and Private Lessons
Heather began her professional career in Phoenix in High School. She later attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and moved to New York shortly after graduating. After a few years of dance there, she found the Rocky Mountains of Montana.
Heather founded the DDC almost 11 years ago. She serves as ED and teaches ballet, modern, jazz, swing, salsa, kids, 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 and Community Theatre for 18 years as a performer, choreographer and director for community shows, Performing Arts Camp and Next Step Training Academy.
Heather has directed, choreographed and performed in many shows including, Noises Off, 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, Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia and The Nutcracker.
Heather is also a SPARK! Artist and teaches Social Dance to Middle Schoolers in Missoula County Public Schools. She also uses funding provided by Dancing with the Missoula Stars to teach in rural Montana schools not covered by SPARK! funding.
Mica Clarkson – Hip Hop
Mica just recently moved back to the western side of Montana after being a principal for a year in Circle, Montana. Last year, she worked as a K-2 Special Educator in Anaconda, and now she is the PK-12 Special Education Coordinator in Alberton. Mica continues working to complete her dissertation for a doctoral in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana (UM). Several of her prior dance experiences include dancing for the UM Dance Team; touring two summers as a director/actress for Missoula Children’s Theatre; performing in multiple Missoula Community Theatre productions; teaching tap, jazz, and a competive hip-hop in Butte at Montana Dance Works; and teaching Hip Hop for On Center Performing Arts three years ago. She is eager to return to dancing in the Missoula Community to meet all the wonderful performers in the area.
Tara McFarland – Jazz
Tara is originally from Salmon, Idaho and after a childhood of sports, she discovered the soft-contact, non-repetitive, non-competitive, beautiful, bilateral, expressive world of dance! She now holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance from the University of Idaho and a Masters of Science in Dance Science from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (City University of London) (formerly the Laban Institute). She enjoys teaching dance for BBD’s MoDE program as well as at the Downtown Dance Collective & On Center Performing Arts.
Tricia Opstad – Dance Church
Tricia enjoys the study of improvisation through dance, Contact Improv, and life. Tricia’s work embraces humanity, individuality and invites curiosity. Performance and Play material is generated and inspired by The Viewpoints of Shape, Space, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story. She teaches and studies improvisation through different forms and she believes that we are all naturally born improvisors. Tricia has studied and trained with Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2001-2002) and with The Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation (SFDI) in Seattle, Washington (2007-2010, 2012-13). She holds an M.A. in Int. Arts Ed. and an M.S. in Speech Language Therapy from The University of Montana. Tricia has been facilitating and co-facilitating Contact Improv Jams since September of 2010 in Missoula, Montana.