Heather Morris, Fellow BATD, Member SDTA
You will want to don your favorite tartan and jump into the action when Heather Morris teaches and performs her favorite Scottish Highland and Irish Step dances in and around New England at private studios, intensive camps, and various competitions. Heather infuses a strong mix of fun learning with practiced discipline to her life-long love of dance traditions from Scotland and Ireland.
Having started performing at 7-years-old with the St. Andrews Highland Dancers of Vermont, she has continued her studies to include the Beginner through Premier levels of highland dancing in the United States, Canada & Scotland. Throughout her early development, she also trained in ballet, jazz, traditional New England folk dance, voice and acting. As an adult, she added Irish Step Dance to her repertoire by training with the Alice McNeish School of Irish Dance.
Heather competed and performed in the amateur ranks for many years, progressing through the medal examinations with Scottish examiners from the Scottish Dancer Teachers’ Alliance (SDTA). As a tyke, she appeared as one of four children in Burlington’s Lyric Theater production of Brigadoon in 1984 and toured Western Europe with Folkids of Vermont in 1986.
Her love and dedication to dance continued through college where she led the Scottish Dancers at the College of Wooster in Ohio (1990 to 1994). Additionally, she choreographed a local high school's production of Brigadoon, performed at the half-time shows for college football games, and toured the US. Other performance groups have included Something Scottish Highland Dancers and the Washington Scottish Pipe Band, both based in Washington, DC. While touring with them, she performed at the National Cathedral, the Potomac Celtic Festival, and at the National Tartan Day.
Heather is a Fellow with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and a Member of the Scottish Dancer Teachers’ Alliance (SDTA). She primarily teaches throughout Vermont on a regular basis at locations in Burlington, Richmond, Essex, Waterbury, and St. Johnsbury. She offers various week-long summer camps where participants learn traditional crafts and develop dance skills. Heather takes pride in preparing her students to participate in local performances, national and international competitions and examinations.