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Heather Lenahan | Founder & Director

Having been an educator since 1995, nothing brings Heather more joy than making a difference in the lives of her students.  She grew up on a farm in rural Oregon and was actively involved in classical music for over 20 years - playing the violin and piano, teaching, and participating in a variety community symphony orchestras.  After being introduced to Contra dancing in 2004, her heart lit up in a way that she couldn't ignore and decided to shift her career to ballroom dance.  A few years later she moved to California to pursue professional ballroom dance training 

As a high-honors graduate of the Ballroom Dance Teachers College and a ProDVIDA certified instructor, Heather holds numerous Associate and Master degrees of Dance in the American and International style dances. The comprehensive exams for accredited professional certification require proficiency in dance (as both lead and follow), an understanding of body movement, syllabus pedagogy, technique and the art of teaching.  Heather has also competed in many NDCA ballroom dance competitions - Autumn Dance Classic, City Lights Open, San Francisco Open and International Grand Ball.

After teaching successfully for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Heather moved to the Treasure Valley to be closer to her loved ones and is excited about sharing her love of dance with this new community.

With an extensive 20-year background in office administration, Heather has edited and contributed to four DVIDA Manuals (a nationally recognized syllabus for ballroom dance), and served as the Office Manager and Educational Advisor for the Ballroom Dance Teachers College from 2013-2018.  Additionally, she was a staff teacher for the College preparing students for professional certification or training them to become instructors. Heather continues to offer ballroom training and coaching on-location or via Skype.

Heather specializes in teaching social dance, working with beginners as well as the more advanced. Her nurturing and patient demeanor allows students to explore this beautiful art form. And her expertise and ability to impart technique in easy-to-remember (and implement) terms will guide dancers in the areas of proper footwork, controlled and stable movement, contra-body movement, rise and fall, swing and sway, cuban motion, swing hip action, improved posture, poise and balance, and effective, consistent lead and follow.

Heather's Philosophy

Follow your heart, let love lead your life. Follow your dreams. Be yourself, an angel of kindness. There is nothing you cannot do. I believe in you.

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Heather brings a sparkling personality, charm, consummate teaching skills, and infinite patience to all of her ballroom dance lessons. In group classes, she teaches with sensitivity to the needs and capabilities of each student, praising successes and instilling the courage to lead complete strangers in a new dance pattern. In private lessons she is adept in providing feedback to help understand exactly what is required of a leader for hand, frame, and body placement, motion, and pressure so that a partner intuitively knows what is coming next and where to follow. Heather’s many years of training and high level of certification have benefited me in ways I never experienced when being taught by other instructors. They gave me dance lessons; Heather taught me to dance.
— David Stranz

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Leo Gorostiza | Assistant Teacher

Bio coming soon!