Heather Simmons grew up dancing in a home with 6 sisters. They all took ballet lessons and to afford the crazy cost, Mom traded services by sewing the ballet costumes for the recitals! Heather's parents also loved to dance and often taught ballroom lessons to groups for fun. One of Heather's favorite memories growing up was standing on her dad's feet while he whirled her around dancing in the kitchen!
Mrs. Simmons took ballet from Clytie Adams School of Ballet for 15 years and Ballet West Conservatory for 4-5 years. While with Ballet West she danced in the Nutcracker for 6 years as a baffoon, party girl, soldier, oriental servant, and had the role of Clara for 2 years. She also danced in Anna Karenina, as a child role, with Ballet West. She toured the state of UT and traveled to NM to elementary schools with Ballet West when in middle school. In high school she decided to branch out, quit ballet, and dance on the high school drill team. Upon graduating high school, her dance teacher, Clytie Adams, invited her to teach with her. Heather came to love sharing her talents with children. She taught a year of dance in Japan at Fukuoka International School for middle school / high school age students. In college she took ballroom and hula and came to love new ways to move! After college came marriage and children which meant no dance for a time. Eventually her little ones grew up to that magical age of 3 when they all wanted to be ballerinas! When her girls asked her if they could take ballet she replied, "SURE!" So, she opened a dance studio out of her home to teach her girls and their friends! Over the course of 3-4 years she had about 45 students dancing with them. Her little Margaret Jane was born and she had to stop teaching for a time. Now Margaret Jane is in Kindergarten and so she has some time to dance again! She says, "I am excited to start again at Heart and Soul with Tana and Mrs M!