Heather Laura Gray, choreographer
Heather blends athleticism, style and storytelling to create exciting choreography that can stand alone or accompany any singer, product or script. She brings an equal amount of enthusiasm to all film, commercial, or industrial projects.
Originally from Vancouver, Heather attended ballet school in Montreal (L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec) at age 14. A year later she transferred to The Goh Ballet where she had the opportunity to tour France and China. At 18 she almost left dance altogether to be an airline stewardess but instead took a chance and moved to Toronto.
It was in Toronto that Heather landed a chorus role and lead understudy in the PEI production of “Gabrielle and Evangeline” and that experience cemented her desire to pursue dance as a career. She then performed as a singer/dancer with Disney Cruise Lines and went on to do “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”. She’s danced in the films “Studio 54”, Disney’s “Lizzy McGuire”, CBC’s “The Score” and “Prisoner of Love”. She’s performed in countless commercials, industrials and television series such as “The Chris Isaak Show”, “Dead Like Me” and “Earth Sea”.
Shortly after producing an Equity Co-op play, Heather set her sights on choreography. Her first stage show “Injected” had a 60 person cast featuring international choreographer Kelly Konno and the 2006 Vancouver Slam Poetry Team. Heather produced, financed, choreographed and directed “Injected”. The follow up to “Injected” was a self titled full length piece with a smaller cast and more intimate concept. Heather was then commissioned by NYC spoken word poet Mahogany Browne to choreograph and perform two pieces in the 2009 “Sound Bites Poetry Festival” in New York City.
Recently, Heather had the opportunity of co-choreographing the new musical “Sweet Mystery” that utilized her versatility in hip hop, contemporary, ballet and body percussion. She’s also choreographed a commercial for Vancouver’s Beer Craft Week and has been commissioned to set a piece on the brand new “Give Me Brilliance Dance Company” and “Costal City Ballet Company”.
In 2012, Heather will be dancing for “Restless Productions” along with “the response. Dance Company” and Martha Carter’s “mmHop”.
Heather is excited for what the future holds. She is ready to bring fresh innovative ideas to new relationships and collaborators. She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre and enjoys adjudicating along with teaching master classes across North America.