Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Heather studied under choreographers, directors and companies including The Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and Thommie Walsh. Heather performed in various dance competitions and honed her craft as a child at Joanne Reagan Dance Studios, Jersey Cape Dance Academy, and The Summer Arts Institute of New Jersey. Heather spent many of her younger years commuting from Jersey to Manhattan for numerous auditions and bookings. Heather’s training involves theater, vocal, and dance. Appearing in National Television Commercials and several productions including Pippin, 42nd Street, Annie, The Sound of Music and A Broadway Baby (An Off-Broadway Production), Heather is Actor’s Equity and SAG eligible.
Mrs. Wanner’s educational background consists of a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance Education. Heather graduated from East Carolina University where she was a member of the Pure Gold Dancers, a nationally ranked college competition team. Following college, Heather spent several years working with dance competitions where she taught many classes to students throughout the United States, shared her expertise on the panel as a judge and also worked with students behind the scenes as a backstage manager. Mrs. Wanner is a member of Rhee Gold’s IDEA and has developed many professional connections through this organization.
Heather Wanner is currently the Owner and Director of Shoreline Dance Academy which she opened 16 years ago. Located in Ocean Grove New Jersey, Shoreline Dance Academy trains dancers ages 3 to adult under a team of 12 faculty members. Shoreline Dance Academy cultivates an environment where students and faculty feel that they are an important part of the dance school community and that Shoreline is a place they can call home. She believes this positive vibe is crafted through daily interactions and activities that foster a sense of inclusiveness which ultimately has grown her school significantly. The power of a positive school culture is crucial for the success of the business and the well being of the student body, and she is honored to share her passion at Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Conference!