empower ME Movement


I believe in cultivating individuality. I encourage my students to make creative choices and have a strong sense of self. This art form requires persistence, work ethic, and curiosity in which I hold myself and them accountable for each day. I challenge them through passion, musicality, and quality.

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”

Instructor Biography

Haley Heckethorn is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she graduated as a dance major from Las Vegas Academy in 2013. She then continued her professional training in Vancouver, BC at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. During this time she participated in the Young Choreographers program mentored by Crystal Pite and toured internationally performing works by Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal, Cayetano Soto, Lesley Telford and Fernando Hernando Magadan. In 2015, she was awarded the Emerging Artist scholarship from the RBC Canada Council. Haley has attended workshops such as Netherlands Dans Theater, Batsheva’s Gaga Workshop, Springboard Danse Montreal, San Francisco Conservatory and The Banff Centre for the Arts. She joined Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot as an apprentice from 2016 to 2018. Haley has performed with Peter Chu’s Chuthis, participated in HSPro with Alexandra Wells and has been a guest artist with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She danced for BODYTRAFFIC from 2018 to 2020 touring internationally to perform repertoire by Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, Barak Marshall and Sidra Bell. As a member of BODYTRAFFIC, Haley was named a cultural ambassador for the arts by the United States of America to teach dance and perform in Algiers, Algeria. Most recently Haley has been touring with the contemporary dance show “It Starts Now” choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo. After many years of independently choreographing and freelancing Haley became a co-founder and co-director of HD Theatre, a contemporary duet company that creates and commission’s pieces to perform world wide. She has been teaching ballet, floor work, partnering, and improvisation at international workshops, colleges and schools. Most recently Haley has created the “Mentorship Project” a program to guide aspiring young dancers auditioning and preparing for colleges.



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