Heather Adams – Ballet for Kiddos
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 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 14 years as a performer and choreographer for community shows and summer camps.
Heather has 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, and The Nutcracker.
Jennifer Meyer-Vaughan – Hip Hop for Kiddos
Jennifer Meyer-Vaughan was raised in Missoula, MT and grew up dancing in local studios. Throughout her dancing career, Mrs. Meyer-Vaughan learned a variety of disciplines from a variety of qualified instructors, starting at the age of 4 and continuing through her graduation from the University of Montana, including: tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and most recently modern. Jennifer’s love of dance has propelled her through life, garnering her scholarships to summer dance camps through MDAA, teaching positions at various locations in Missoula, and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from UM. Her most recent inspiration is bringing and re-invigorating the love-of-dance to members of the Missoula and Arlee communities through the Downtown Dance Collective and raising her four children with her husband Jason Vaughan.
Sarah Pace – Street Flow
Sarah started getting involved with the arts in 1999 when she found Virginia Worth’s Dance Studio. She then started training as a triple threat at On Center Performing Arts in 2002. Sarah was a part of a three year instructor training program to further her education in the performing arts. After graduating the program she became a certified instructor at On Center before moving to Bellingham, WA. While living there, Sarah stumbled across Brittany Setter’s Dance Studio and was an instructor for three years. Now moved back to her home state, her recent show experiences mainly include choreography. You will find Sarah teaching some Hip Hop at the collective, come dance it out and say hello!