Heide began her dance training in Kansas City with Kathy & Dennis Landsman at American Dance Center, where she was a company member of the original American Youth Ballet. From there she went on to train and perform with: San Francisco Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. In addition to the Landsmans, Heide was fortunate enough to train with: Todd Bolender, Wilhelm Burmann, Tamara Carson, Evelyn Cisneros, Dane Holman, Daniel Job, Una Kai, Vicki Reid, Desmond Richardson, Francia Russell, Abbie Siegel, Paula Weber and many others that inspired and shaped her love of dance. Favorite ballets performed: George Balanchine’s Serenade, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake and George Verdak’s Sleeping Beauty.
After leaving the ballet world, Heide got involved with two local theatre organizations that brought her back to both performing and choreographing. For over 15 years, Heide choreographed for Music Theatre of Kansas City (formerly known as Music Theatre for Young People) and got to work with some of the most amazing and talented youth in Kansas City on musicals that in most cases were KC premieres of that musical. Additionally, Heide also choreographed, assisted other amazing choreographers and performed in musicals all over Kansas City. Favorites include: Honk!, Once on this Island and West Side Story at the White Theatre; Guys & Dolls, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Peter Pan at Theatre in the Park; My One & Only, Once on this Island, On Your Toes, Suessical and White Christmas with MTKC.
During that time, Heide also branched out in other avenues of dance and performing. She was a member and choreographer for the KC Comets Galaxy Girls dance team, as well as the KC Knights dance team and was a part of the performance teams that did half-time shows at Arena Football games that came to Kemper Arena. She also went back to her high school alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas, and was a dance team coach for several years before heading back to the studio to teach and choreograph. Heide’s competition choreography has been awarded top honors both regionally and nationally. Heide has also been a proud member of the American Dance & Drill Team staff as a regional competition judge for over 15 years.
Heide is thrilled to be working with Joe & Nicole and thanks them for allowing her to “live her dream” of teaching and choreographing for their studio.