Heidi - Director / Instructor
Heidi has been a baton twirler since age four and a dancer since age six. As a child, Heidi modeled for local Chicago stores, K-Mart, and Sears and appeared in several stage productions. As twirler she trained with coaches in Long Beach, Ca and Chicago, IL. She won numerous state, regional, and national titles. At age 15, Heidi toured Europe with other twirlers performing in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland. She was member of the United States Twirling Team from 1976 through 1982. Heidi taught summer twirling camps in Ohio for several years. She has also taught in Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. She has coached state, regional, and national individual and team champions since 1977. Heidi was a Park Hill High School cheerleader and feature twirler for the Trojan Marching Band. While at Park Hill, she performed for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals including a performance at the World Series. Heidi attended Missouri Western State College on full scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She was the feature twirler for the M.W.S.C. Golden Griffin Marching Band and a Golden Girl for the Kansas City Kings basketball team. Heidi was one of five women from the United States and Canada to be invited to Peru, South America as a Good Will Ambassador. Heidi has performed in Hawaii and Australia. As a dancer she won a national scholarship to attend the Tremaine Dance Center in Hollywood, California. She continues to study and maintain her skills in current dance styles and instruction techniques. Some of her students have become teachers and studio owners themselves. Her competition dance and twirl students are National winners and have gone on to become professional dancers. Heidi's greatest accomplishment is the adoption of her daughter Holly Grace. Her love of baton twirling and dance is something she wants to pass on to her students.
Emily - Instructor
Emily has been dancing since age 2. After high school, Emily traveled to Los Angeles, CA to further her dance education. She had the privilege attending classes at the Millennium Dance Complex, which led to greater opportunities. She received a role as a principal dancer with the North Hollywood Jazz Ensemble under the direction of world renowned teacher/choreographer Michael Menna. Emily has also appeared in many print ads, commercials, ABC family show "Switched" and CBS mini-series "Gone in the Night. HDC welcomes her back and is happy to have her as an instructor. As a former Hero she uses her experiences to teach the dance team. Emily also teaches combo, ballet, hip hop, technique and dance line classes. Emily continues to further her skills in cosmetic application. She shares her passion for make-up with students and offers this service for weddings and other special events.
Jake - Guest Instructor / Choreographer
Jake is the newest addition to our staff. He has been a student & Dance Hero at HDC since the age of 7. As a competitive dancer Jake has won numerous awards and scholarships. Before the end of Jake's junior year of high school he was accepted to AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College of the Performing Arts) and received the largest talent based scholarship they award. He will graduate from Park Hill High School in 2014 and he plans to pursue a career in dance. In addition to his competitive accomplishments, Jake has appeared in "Anything Goes" & "Footloose" at Starlight Theater and Kidz Rock in Branson. Jake's technical abilities, work ethic, and passion for the art of dance is something we believe will be an asset to our staff. Jake looks forward to sharing his knowledge, passion and choreography skills with all HDC students.
Veronica - Guest Instructor
Veronica Mosier has been involved with baton twirling most of her life. She started twirling when she was 2 and became a member of her aunt’s twirling team when she was 4. Veronica has traveled both as an individual and as a team to compete and perform. She was a member of a group invited to perform twice at Disney World and Universal Studios and three times onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. The national twirling team Veronica twirled with won many National Open World Championships in halftime show teams. Individually, Veronica earned multiple state, regional, and national championships. Some of her best events included 2 baton, 3 baton, and show twirl. She also attended 3 AAU Junior Olympics and won gold medals in 3 baton, duet, and freestyle. Veronica graduated last May from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. She is gaining more experience in the medical field by working as a medical assistant. Veronica is in medical school at the KU School of Medicine and plans to go into pediatrics.
Amy - Guest Instructor
Amy began dancing at age four and is proud to say she was one if the first HDC students when the studio opened in 1988. She competed dance and twirling on Heidi's Heroes competitive teams as well as assisted classes before attending a college preparatory high school out of state. Amy holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri. She works full time as a pre-school teacher at Pembroke Hill. Her passion for Tap is something she enjoys sharing with her HDC students and the Heroes Dance Team. Amy has experience in teaching other forms of dance as well.
Lindsay - Guest Instructor
Lindsay began her dance education at the age of four. As a student in Michigan she studied tap, jazz, ballet, and acro. She trained in gymnastics with Michigan State University coaching staff competing four seasons, three seasons going to regional competition. She taught for three years in Michigan to various age groups. She has a BA in Sociology from Michigan State and holds M.A. Counseling. Lindsay is a counselor at Maple Park Middle School. Lindsey teaches tumbling and conditioning classes at HDC. She also helps with the technique class and lends her talents to the dance Heroes.