Heather Dotto has been the head of our Elite Competitive Program since 2005. Her teaching style and innovative choreography transform dancers into true performers. Her students have been recognized all over North America at various competitions and festivals with scholarship awards, top placing routines and choreography awards.
Heather is a diverse performer trained in many forms of dance and theatre. Having been a member of Move: The Company since its inception in 2005, she has been privileged to perform, tour, and be artistically involved in many new creations by Artistic Director, Josh Beamish. Heather has also performed for Simone Orlando, Amber Funk-Barton, Coriograph Theatre, Heather Laura Gray, Cardiff Stage Productions, The New Pornographers, and mmHop. Her acting credits include various plays, musicals, and the lead role in the short dance film “Perceptions”. Heather is also the head of the contemporary department for The Dance Initiative, a pre-professional training program for young adults. In 2009, Heather made her professional choreographic debut as one of the invited collaborators involved in the creation of MOVE: the company’s “The Cell”. Since then she has toured with MOVE: the company to Shanghai, Singapore, New York, Bangkok, England and all over B.C. with works created by Josh Beamish and Simone Orlando. In 2012 Heather was fortunate to have the time in Vancouver to work with some different local artists. She co-created a dance film with Mathew Joki, danced in the final creation process of Connie Cooke’s “Flightless Aviators and Angels” and excerpts of her piece “gift” starring Delphine Leroux, have been performed throughout Vancouver and at the Chop Shop Festival in Seattle. In the spring of 2013, she performed in Joe Laughlin’s 25th-anniversary Retrospective Show, as well as performing with Lamondance in Vancouver and Brazil. For the past six months, Heather has been back in the studio with Joe Ink creating a new piece to be performed in the fall of 2015.