Heather Joosten-Fair: Artistic Director & Co-Owner

Heather Joosten-Fair

Heather is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and teacher.

She has trained extensively in tap, lyrical and jazz with world greats including Ross McKim of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Duncan Noble of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the exceptional faculty of Los Angeles’ Edge School of Performing Arts, among many others.

In addition to winning numerous awards for her own performances, Heather has received many accolades for her choreography across North America. She has been recognized by dance masters including LA’s Adam Parsons, Charles McGowan and Christine Woodward and by dance festivals including LA Danceforce, the Surrey Festival of Dance and the Coquitlam Lions Club Festival where she won Overall Best Choreography in multiple categories across many years. Heather has choreographed for high-profile events such as the Beijing World Expo Gala, 2010 Cultural Olympiad, the 100-Year Anniversary of the PNEMiss Chinatown Pageant, Artists in Action, R&B Group Quick Trouble and Cole Armour.

Heather has created dance pieces in contribution to projects such as Youth Gang Awareness with the Vancouver City Police, the Made in Vancouver Festival supporting local arts groups, and Kids Help Kids benefit events. She is proud of her work with the Black Historical Society, having choreographed for many of their events, as well as her contributions to the Royal Caribbean Revue Cast and Groove Productions.

Heather has enjoyed directing the jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop and musical theatre programs for thirty-three years at the Richmond Academy. Graduates have said that "Heather harnesses the strengths of her dancers and utilizes them brilliantly."

Heather is extremely proud of the Academy’s alumni, many of whom are continuing their training in prestigious schools, have established their own companies, are teaching professionally, or are performing on-stage and on-screen.

Heather is regularly invited to guest-teach and adjudicate at dance competitions across North America. She is committed to staying current and is constantly upgrading her skills by training on an ongoing basis in various workshops and programs. Heather, alongside co-directors Annette and Jozef Jakubowski, continues to fulfill her dream of providing exceptional dance training and preparing the most well-rounded, talented and committed professionals of the future.

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