Heather Tatreau is a modern dance choreographer and educator, teaching at universities across NC since 2002. She is in her sixth year on faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, teaching the modern dance technique and theory courses, as well as choreographing for productions across campus. She has worked with StreetSigns, The Process Series, The Ackland Art Museum, and the Kenan Theater Company. In addition, she works closely with Carolina Performing Arts to promote student and faculty engagement with visiting dance artists and to create interdisciplinary collaborations. She has also been involved with Tobacco Road Dance Productions for the past two season, first as a panelist and then as a choreographer.

Heather has a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University. While living in NYC, she trained in Limon technique, Cunningham technique, improvisational performance, Laban Movement Analysis, and many somatic practices. She is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor. She remains active in the dance education community as a board member of the North Carolina chapter fo the National Dance Education Organization.

Mission statement

My mission as a choreographer is to create work within a broader social context. For this reason, the primary genres I work in are dance-theatre and site-specific pieces. I have created two evening length dance dramas for the Kenan Theatre Company within the Dramatic Arts Department at UNC – Chapel Hill. Each hour-long piece is organized around a theme, using text, movement, and theatrical design to convey meaning and encourage questioning. In my site-specific work, I explore the relationship of dancer to place. By creating movement for a particular place outside the confines of the theater, I aim to create new and multiple meanings for the audience when in that space. Additionally, my work as a dance educator for the past 15 years highly influences my choreographic process. I work primarily with college students and see each creation of a new work as an opportunity for collaboration, embodied learning, and investigation. My research interests focus on dance education and performance as pedagogical practices that can be implemented across disciplines in higher education.