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Heidi Latsky

Heidi Latsky http://www.heidilatskydance.net/ has been a moving force in the dance world for many years, as a choreographer for stage, theater and film. As a celebrated principal dancer Latsky has delighted audiences and wowed critics worldwide. Latsky began her amazing career as the "Disco Queen" of Montreal, forming her first dance revue company, Footlite Dance Theater, in 1982. After moving to New York City in 1983, Latsky initially received recognition as a celebrated principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance (1987-1993). She became a nationally renowned choreographer through her collaboration with Lawrence Goldhuber in the critically acclaimed duo Goldhuber & Latsky (1993-2000).

In 2001, Latsky formed the New York-based modern dance company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD), to critical acclaim. Her work and company have toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, performing regularly at preeminent venues and festivals such as Jacob's Pillow, Steps Festival (Switzerland), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art/PICA, Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music/BAM, Danceworks (Toronto), Espace Tangente (Montreal), Cannes International Festival de Danse (France), Dance Umbrella (Boston), Bryn Mawr College (PA), the Duke on 42nd Street (produced by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center), Central Park Summerstage (New York), Symphony Space (New York), Danceworks Theatre (WI), Long Island University (New York), SUNY Purchase, and Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival. With her visionary approach to dance and inventive production elements, Latsky has created a distinct signature style, educational approach and philosophy. In addition to creating more than fifteen works for Heidi Latsky Dance, Latsky has been commissioned to create new work by the Cannes International Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, the Joyce Theater: Altogether Different Festival, Performance Space 122, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project, Danspace Project @ St. Marks Church, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, Teatro Libero Palermo, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Montana Transport Company, Pennsylvania Dance Theater and Li Chiao-Ping Dance. She has also created work for solo artists including Gus Solomons Jr, Maxine Sherman, Janet Lilly, Michael Thomas, Li Chiao Ping, among others.

For more than 20 years, Latsky has used her innovative teaching practice and philosophy, The Latsky Method, in sharing movement to encourage insight and healing. She has incorporated this method in her teaching residencies at several institutions including Skidmore College, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Connecticut College, Roger Williams University, Bryn Mawr University, Drew University, Frostburg University, Rutgers University, Purdue University and Point Park College. Latsky headed the Movement Department at The School for Film and Television in NYC from 1998-2005.

Latsky has served on the Artist Advisory Board of Danspace Project for over 10 years and is a member of the Dancer's Forum as well as the Society for Arts in Healthcare. She has been a judge at numerous ACDFA conferences and served on panels including the Pew Charitable Trust, the American Dance Guild and the Omega: Women and Power Conference. She annually curates a "Food for Thought" show at Danspace Project, which benefit the AIDS Service Center, NYC. At the 2003 American Dance Guild Conference Legacy: Dancebuilders of the 20th Century, she spoke about Bill T. Jones and performed at their gala event held at Symphony Space. In 1997, Goldhuber & Latsky received the prestigious Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamaris Fellowship for Choreography. In 1994, she was chosen to represent Canada at the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition in Tel Aviv and again in 1996, at Danse a Lille, France. She was the 2000 recipient of the McGinnis Lectureship Award from Point Park College. In 2001, she was a recipient of a project residency through the Joyce Theater Foundation.

In the 2004-05 season, she was the choreographer for the Academy Award nominated Katja Esson's film "A Season of Madness"; she directed and collaborated with singer/actress Susan Murphy on her musical revue "Girl/Group" at The Marquee, NYC; she performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at BAM and at New York City Center in roles she originated 16 years ago; she collaborated with director Mary Fulham on a three week run of "Balletto Stiletto" at La MaMa ETC (NYC) which was nominated for an IT Award for Best Performance Art Production 2005; and premiered CLUB RIOT at La Mama's The Club with a two week run. In 2006, Latsky premiered the evening length show, DISJOINTED, at Danspace Project NYC in May 2006. During fall 2006, Latsky created two new solos - "Five Open Mouths" for disabled dancer Lisa Bufano (a 2006-07 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Recipient) and "Woman At An Exhibition", which Latsky created for herself inspired by her work with Bufano. She was also a guest teacher in the dance department at Long Island University. Latsky currently coaches privately, teaches The Latsky Method at The Bikram Yoga Studios in NYC and is a faculty member at Hofstra University. She is working with director Mary Fulham on her new play "Trophy Wife", premiering at La Mama ETC in April 2007.