Heather Zimny, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, received her BA in dance at Columbia College Chicago. In addition she has trained at the Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Visceral under Betsy Herskind, Birute Barodicaite, Joel Hall, Paul Sanasardo, Kirby Reed, Mike Gosney, Pam Tanis, Nancy Teinowitz, Vanessa Truvillion, Nick Pupillo and many other wonderful teachers. She can currently be seen onstage with the Joel Hall Dancers. She has also had the pleasure of dancing in Ballet Entre Nous' " The Nutcracker!" for the past two seasons. Her other dance credits include dancing with: Rasa Dance Chicago under direction of Van Collins, Paul Sanasardo, GI Alliance, Allure Dance Company (Detroit, Michigan), D.I.A.L and with many independent choreographers. In September 2010 she had the chance to dance overseas in Liverpool with the Joel Hall Dancers as part of a year long celebration of their LEAP program's 10th anniversary. Heather has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing dance throughout the city and suburbs and in Chicago Public Schools through D.I.A.L for many years and is happy that she has the opportunity to do what she loves everyday. Currently she is teaching ballet, contemporary, hiphop, jazz, modern, and pointe in studios in both the city and the suburbs. She also finished up her yoga teacher certification in the Fall of 2012 and is excited to share her new knowledge with her students. Heather is thrilled to be joining the Dance and Music Academy faculty this year!