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.
DDC offers a wide variety of programs to make the performing arts accessible to all. We host Community Classes that are free to the public reaching 100's of participants a year. Our First Friday Series provides fledgling and established artists a beautiful location in the heART of downtown to showcase their work while taking a very small commission when work is sold, providing them a springboard for future work. In 2011, we founded the AiR Project, Artist in Residence, that since its inception, has provided over $30,000 in space for artists to create, collaborate and perform original work. One of those AiR Artists became our first Company in Residence, and now has a very successful modern dance company in Missoula. We are very proud of Joy French and Bare Bait Dance Company for being such an important facet of Missoula's cultural experience. Our weekly schedule has Dance Fitness, Technique and Social Dance classes where our adult participants make new friends, build lasting connections, and learn new skills. We've recently expanded our DDC Kids Program, where the emphasis is not on competition or performance, but rather self-confidence, body awareness, cultural education, and empathy. For more information on programs that the DDC provides please browse around the website, but don’t ever hesitate to call. We are always open to new ideas and love to hear your feedback!
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.