Heather C. McEwen

Heather began her dance training in Anchorage at the age of five, with the late Steve Primis.  During this time she attended Interlochen National Music Camp as a scholarship student and later graduated from the Academy in 1989.   She earned her BFA in Dance from the renowned Purchase College, State University of New York.  After graduation, she joined the Alaska Dance Theatre staff and Company for a year before returning to New York to pursue her dance career.  As a principal dancer with Connecticut Ballet for ten years, she had the opportunity to travel and perform a wide variety of repertoire by international choreographers.  She also spent many years as a principal dancer with Anglo-American Ballet in New York City as well as Ballet New York.  Her numerous lead roles included Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.  Heather danced with many other companies including Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Granite State Ballet and Zig-Zag Ballet.  She has had the good fortune to receive guidance from many great masters in dance such as David Howard, Paul Taylor, Gelsey Kirkland and Cynthia Gregory, as well as classes with world-renowned Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Heather has enjoyed the opportunity to share her wisdom and passion for dance with others.  She has devoted much of her career to teaching and has choreographed over a hundred works spanning three decades.  Heather started teaching thirty years ago in Eagle River and has since been on the faculty in several prominent New York studios.  In 2008 she returned to Alaska with her husband and two boys. She has been on the faculty of The School of Alaska Dance Theatre, has been a member of the company, and has choreographed for their Student Showcase.  She is happy to be back in her hometown of Eagle River and thrilled to be able to teach and inspire dancers of all ages for years to come.