BRLS; BFA; LCSC-CICB; Member CDTA (Modern, Ballet); Certificate in Health and Fitness
Heather Kendell originates from Ontario, where she received her initial dance training. She performed with local ballet company, Danse Elite, as first soloist and member of the corps de ballet in the company’s production of the Nutcracker and was a guest performer in the Niagara Symphony children’s production, Garfield.
Prior to leaving Ontario, Heather received a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies degree from Brock University (1997), she then moved to British Columbia to continue her dance training and post-secondary education at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a major in Dance and minor in Kinesiology (2002), as well as a Certificate in Health and Fitness (2002) from SFU.
Heather attained her Associate status with ISTD, Cecchetti Branch in 2005 and was granted top honours by receiving a “pass with distinction”. In 2006 she received her Associate Diploma status and in 2012 attained her Licentiate status with the Cecchetti Society of Canada. Heather has her Licentiate membership in the Ballet and Modern Divisions CDTA, BC Branch.
Heather has served on the executive boards of various dance organizations. She volunteered as a member of the Katherine Labelle Dance Society, which became Modus Dance; the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association, BC Branch and the National CDTA Modern and Ballet Committees. During that time, Heather had the honour of being a BC Representative at the National CDTA ballet syllabus meetings and took part in the development of the National CDTA Ballet Examination Syllabus.
Heather is responsible for proposing, implementing and developing the Modern Division of the CDTA BC Branch, which then led to the development of similar divisions across Canada. As the Modern Division Chairperson for CDTA, BC Branch she wrote the Professional Membership Examination requirements for the Modern Division. Heather also wrote the Junior Modern Examination Syllabus and a portion of the Senior Syllabus for students studying modern dance, which is now being used Nationally by the CDTA. Heather was the National CDTA Modern Consultant for 2 years.
Heather has gained ample performance experience by working with Danse Elite, Off Centre Performance Company, The Company Experience, Ballet du Printemps and CollabArt Creations. She has performed in works by Shannon McMurchy, Claire French, Sylvain Brochu, Santa Aloi and Cheryl Prophet. She has had much success with her own company, DansArts et al.
She is a well-respected instructor, choreographer and dancer and is responsible for developing strong, artistic and capable young dancers in a kinesthetically appropriate manner.