Development Director | Dancer
Project Coordinator | Dancer
Accessibility Director | Dancer
Social Media Coordinator | Dancer
Film & Media Director
Board of Directors
Stephen E. Jones
Shannon E. O'Brien
Michele Kumi Baer
Bill T. Jones
Jay O. Sanders
The mission of Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse, employing performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences.
HLD is a New York-based modern dance company dedicated to redefining beauty and virtuosity through provocative and innovative performance and discourse, using performers with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences. Since its inception in 2001, the company has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies. We premiered in 2001 with a Joyce Theater Residency and our first sold-out run of JUST WATCH!, presented by Danspace Project in NYC. A variety of work followed, at venues around the world including American Dance Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Kennedy Center, Scripps College Humanities Institute, DaDaFest Liverpool, Chicago Humanities Festival, CREA Conference Kathmandu, Crossing Borders Festival Dusseldorf, Jacob’s Pillow, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Lincoln Center.
The GIMP Project - a series of dance works and accompanying outreach programs that involves diverse unconventional casts - developed during the fall of 2006 with a commission from Boston based interdisciplinary artist Lisa Bufano who was a bilateral amputee. “Gimp” is a word we’re taught not to use, just as we’re taught not to stare at people who look different. However, the title embraces the lesser-known Oxford English Dictionary definitions of the word: fighting spirit, vigor, interwoven fabric and these definitions are the foundation of this work and give agency to the dancers with whom we work.
"When I walk out on stage, I’m inviting it, I’m courting it. I’m involving myself in this space where we change the rules, somehow. I’m not sure what those rules are, but I feel it, I feel it."
- Lawrence Carter-Long, Original GIMP cast member & Public Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability
The first evening length work GIMP presented nationally (August Wilson Center, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, TEDxWomen, Alverno Presents, Flynn Theater) and internationally (Nepal, Germany, Ireland, England) and was the subject of an Emmy-nominated news feature; an AP multi-media piece; features on CNN, NET and NPR; and Richard Move’s documentary short (Lincoln Center premiere, 2014). A television profile about ON DISPLAY and HLD has garnered national acclaim. Correspondent John Bathke and News 12 New Jersey received a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award, bestowed by the Los Angeles Press Club for his feature on the company at Montclair State University.
Artist residencies and foundation support include Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, JCC Manhattan, Kessler Foundation, the NYC Mayor’s Fund, Abner and Mildred Levine Family Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York University Hospital, Jody and John Arnhold, Creative Capital, Kessler Foundation, Harkness Foundation and DCA. In recent years, HLD has received funding from Dance/NYC's Disability. Dance. Artistry. Fund with additional funding from Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and Dance Advancement Fund, provided by the Ford Foundation, NEA, O'Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation, and The Gerald & Janet Carrus Foundation.
In 2014, HLD became a 501(c)(3) organization as Latsky Dance, Inc. Also in 2013/14, HLD toured with New York State Presenters Network, and was selected to create the first film in the Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Other recent venues include The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Whitney Museum and the American Dance Festival.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, HLD partnered with the NYC Mayor’s Office to present guerilla human sculpture courts in Chinatown, Times Square, High Line, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The culmination of these became ON DISPLAY and premiered at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on October 1 as well as NYU/Skirball Center, November 15th. For International Day for Persons with Disabilities, December 3, HLD performed ON DISPLAY at the United Nations; at NYU the company performed and simulcast with a company in Hobart, Australia. This was the catalyst for an annual initiative to insert the sculpture court in cities across the world, ON DISPLAY GLOBAL. HLD seeks to partner with 100 cities by 2020. The ON DISPLAY Portfolio of installations is HLD's primary thrust of work.
The company advocates for disability rights.
"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
HLD continues to collaborate with various social service and humanitarian organizations and performs and speaks for disability organizations’ galas and festivals and educational institutions like Barnard, Harvard, the Chicago Humanities Festival. Current partners include Hurleyville Arts Centre, the United Nations, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York Academy of Medicine and Reelabilities Film Festival.