About the Workshop

Heidi is known for her fun, lively energy and amazing ways of explaining the art of tap dance. Students ages 9 and up have the option of taking either (or both) of the above classes, based on skill level, not age. The first class will be for students who are already familiar with basic tap vocabulary and skills but have not reached an intermediate/advanced level yet. This can also be for students newly getting back into tap class after not taking it for a while. The second class is for students who have been taking our more advanced Level 2 and Level 3 tap courses.

About Heidi Malnar

Heidi Malnar began her tap training in Nashville, Tennessee with Debbie Belue. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and while in Chicago she became a company member of Chicago Tap Theatre under the direction of Mark Yonally. She later went on to become a company member of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, under the direction of Billy Siegenfeld, where she won an Emmy Award for her performance in the multi-Emmy Award-winning documentary “Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There.”

Heidi relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010 and has been working to create a tap dance scene and opportunities for both local and visiting tap dancers, improvisers and choreographers ever since. She has taught at Tulane University, Jazz City Tap Festival, and is currently on faculty at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

In 2013, she founded Theatre on Tap, a performance and educational company featuring local professional and pre-professional tap dancers. To date, Theatre on Tap has produced six full-length productions, including Love Taps, Hoofing for Heroes, and Neutral Ground in addition to performing at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Heidi is also the founder and primary instructor of HEIDITAPS, a community educational program that offers weekly classes in tap technique and improvisation, as well as monthly tap jams.

In addition, she is the resident choreographer at BB’s Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans since 2014. Heidi has won five New Orleans Arts & Entertainment Big Easy Awards for her work with Theatre on Tap, as well as theatrical choreography in the city of New Orleans. 

Heidi is a firm believer in being a life-long student in the art of tap dancing and tap pedagogy. She attends tap festivals and workshops annually to continue her professional development, and most recently completed the Level 1 Copasetic Canon Curriculum and holds a Tap Teacher Training Certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation.

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