Heidi Latsky
Montclair State University
Arts & Cultural Programming

Montreal-born Heidi Latsky first received recognition dancing for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). As a choreographer, she has represented Canada in festivals in Israel and France; received commissions from Cannes International Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Whitney Museum of Art, and The Joyce Theater (with former partner Lawrence Goldhuber); and has been presented at NYC venues including Central Park Summerstage, Danspace Project, and The Duke on 42nd Street. Latsky headed the Movement Department at The School for Film and Television (1998-2005), and is currently on the faculty of STEPS NYC. She is a renowned advocate for diversity in the arts as a speaker (Harvard, Barnard, NY Academy of Medicine, APAP|2015). She founded Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) in 2001. HLD’s mission is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance, discourse, and educational activity. In 2006, Heidi began The GIMP Project, a body of work that includes dancers with and without disabilities. These works have been presented nationally (August Wilson Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, TEDxWomen, Alverno Presents, Lied Center, Flynn Theater) and internationally (Nepal, Germany, Ireland, England) and are the subject of an Emmy-nominated news feature; an AP multi-media piece; features on CNN, NET and NPR; and Richard Move’s documentary short (Lincoln Center premiere, 2014). Artist residencies and foundation support include Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, JCC Manhattan, American Music Center, Creative Capital, Harkness Foundation, DCA, NEA, and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. In 2013/14, HLD toured with New York State Presenters Network. This season, HLD has performed at The Dance Center Columbia Chicago and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Additionally, Heidi was selected as the first choreographer to create a film in the Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Victor Calise, the Commissioner at the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, has invited Latsky to coordinate and participate in free performances throughout the month of July in all five boroughs of NYC, in public spaces like the High Line and Central Park. Upcoming performances also include the American Dance Festival, and the premiere of a site-specific work at The Atrium at Lincoln Center in Fall 2015.


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