HEIDI LATSKY (Artistic Director/Choreographer/ Performer), originally from Montreal, first received recognition as a celebrated principal dancer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). Her experience there profoundly influenced her style and her philosophy of dance as she developed a reputation in her own right as a choreographer for stage, theater, and film.
In 1993, she received a commission from the Cannes International Dance Festival. Three years later, she was chosen to represent Canada at the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition in Tel Aviv and at Danse a Lille in France. Since then, Latsky has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe with her own company and as part of Goldhuber & Latsky (with former partner Lawrence Goldhuber) [1996-2000].
Latsky headed the Movement Department at The School for Film and Television from 1998-2005, where she developed her teaching practice: The Latsky Method. She has taught internationally throughout her career and her “Movement Portraits in Action” program has been implemented at the AIDS Service Center and The Creative Center in NYC.
While working with Theater Director Mary Fulham, she received two Innovative Theater Award nominations. She served as choreographer on Academy Award nominated Katja Esson’s film “A Season of Madness” and as director and choreographer on Susan Murphy’s GIRL/GROUP at the Marquee, NYC (2003).
In 2001, she founded her own company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). During the fall of 2006, Latsky began an intensive period of creation with bi-lateral amputee, Lisa Bufano. This marked a significant shift of focus for HLD and a period of immense growth, during which she more fully developed the company’s mission and vision. HLD received an ARC grant through Pentacle that included mentoring Latsky for a period of 18 months, and in 2009 she was chosen by Creative Capital Foundation as one of four choreographers nationally to receive a three-year award for her evening-length work, GIMP. In 2014, she was selected as the first participant in "Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University," a three-year short film series underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The film premiered as part of the company's live show at Peak Performances in April 2015.
Her range of work is as varied as guest lecturing at Harvard University, performing with other Bill T Jones' alumni in "SUMMER REUNION,” restaging a piece of Arnie Zane's at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, creating a work at the Aaron Academy for high school students with learning disabilities, directing workshops in performance skills, performing in 2012’s TEDxWomen, and developing new works for her contemporaries.
Latsky is an advocate for disability rights and was a founding member of Dance/NYC’s Disability Task Force. As a core part of its mission and work, HLD is committed to reflecting the diversity that it serves and actively follows the disability rights movement by embracing ‘nothing without us'—that is, its practice in choreography and performance and its composition of board leadership and staff has the representation and full, direct involvement of disabled people. She has a sustained partnership with Commissioner Victor Calise of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
"Heidi is a highly respected advocate in the disability community; she has met and sat on panels with leading disabled policy advisors, allies, and partners. Her name is certainly known in the arts and entertainment community, but it is also known to the disabled community as an artist who is committed to them. Our constituents were given unprecedented opportunities to participate and actually see themselves in performance and celebrate their disability. As my colleagues and I spoke about progress, Heidi actively showed it."
- Victor Calise, Commissioner at the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Latsky is also an adjudicator of the American College Dance Festival Association's (ACDFA) and most recently MAD/Dance Prix. She’s given keynote speeches at the Arts for All Abilities Consortium, Ramapo for Children and the Maxine Greene Institute. Latsky still performs and recently showed work at Harbourfront Theater, Toronto, H’Doubler Performance Space in Madison. She also has an annual presence at Dance Now at Joe’s Pub. Recent commissions include Biodance in Rochester and LiChiao Ping Dance in Madison. Recent space grants to expand her work include Hurleyville Art Centre in upstate New York and two CUNY campuses, Baruch Performing Arts Center and City College Center for the Arts, as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative. Latsky serves on the Artist Advisory Board of Danspace Project as well. She has a BA in Psychology with Honors from Carleton University (1979), receiving the Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement and The Ottawa Ladies College Scholarship.
Creative Capital Award (2009-2012)
McGinnis Lectureship Award from Point Park College (2000)
Scripps/ADF Primus-Tamaris Fellowship for Choreography (1997)
Canada Council B Grant (1986)
Floyd S. Chalmers Award/Ontario Arts Council (1983)
10 Hairy Legs
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project
American Dance Festival
Cannes International Dance Festival
Dance for Film On Location at Montclair State University underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Whitney Museum of American Art
SPACE GRANT RESIDENCIES
JCC Manhattan (Artist in Residence, 2010)
Abrons Arts Center (2009)
Liz Gerring and Danspace Project (2007)
Baryshnikov Arts Center (2006)
The Actors Temple (Artist In Residence, 2005-2008)
Joyce Theater (2001)
The American Dance Festival
University of Wisconsin at Madison and at Milwaukee
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Sarah Lawrence College
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hofstra University
Visiting Artist, Long Island University
Head of Movement Department, The School for Film and Television
Adjunct, New York University
Faculty, American Dance Festival
Visiting faculty, STEPS on Broadway
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