New Girl On The Block: An Interview with Heidi Walter

Dance Waterloo is so excited for Panorama Playground, a site-specific performance on December 3rd and 4th at Orly Genger’s Hurlyburly along Ladybird Lake in Austin.  We are currently rehearsing for the performance every weekend as it is only a little over a month away!  This is Dance Waterloo’s second site specific performance and to spike everyone’s anticipation, we wanted to give you more insight on some of the dancers!  Heidi Walter is an ATX newbie and we are so thankful to work with her.  Originally from Hanover, Pennsylvania, Heidi just recently moved to Austin after living in New York for the past 4 years.  There she attended Hofstra University and received her degree in Dance Performance with minors in Biology and Public Relations.  Heidi is loving Austin and adapting to the not-so-New-York weather.  To really get to know Heidi, we asked her a few questions about dance, art, and her goals as an artist:

What is your favorite dance memory?

My favorite dance memory is from  my senior year Spring Dance Concert with the Hofstra Dance Program. I had the honor of performing an excerpt from Doug Varone’s Carrugi Suite and was even more honored to have a duet in the final section. On top of that, my duet partner was my best friend. Having that particular piece end my Hofstra Dance career could not have been sweeter. The dance was by far one of my favorites I have performed and being able to share that with my best friend was more special than I can put into words. Needless to say, I cried during our last bows.  

When did you first begin to consider yourself as a dance artist?

I have always considered myself an artist, and not just with dance. I like photography and have taken a few art classes here and there. Although the performing arts will always be my favorite, I appreciate and enjoy dabbling in other art forms.

What is your artistic philosophy?

My artist philosophy is that everyone is an artist. I think everyone comes into this world with a unique point of view and perspective.  Everyone has the ability to create; it is up to them how they interpret and execute that.

You just recently moved to Austin. What have you enjoyed most about your experience here so far?

Honestly, I have really just enjoyed experiencing a new city. For the past four years I’ve been in New York and in my mind, no city will ever compare.  But Austin is so unique and “weird” that I find I don’t compare it to New York, but simply appreciate it as it’s own unique entity.

What do you hope to accomplish in the future as a performer?  

I hope to perform until I physically can’t anymore, and then perform some more. Being on stage is the most magical experience and I don’t think I can live life without a little dose of the stage lights here and there, preferably more frequently!

You are currently in rehearsals for Panorama Playground at Hurlyburly with Dance Waterloo. What has this process been like for you so far?  

The process has been amazing.  Morgan and Rachel both have unique visions but concrete ideas of how to make those visions come to life.  Working with them and the other dancers has been a joy. I have made new friends who I can laugh with at rehearsals and will enjoy sharing the stage with. I hope to work with all of them again in the future!

And we hope to continue to work with you too, Heidi! We are so lucky to get to know, collaborate and work with such an inspirational and talented dancer. Thanks for sharing with us Heidi – Austin is happy to have you and so are we!

We hope to see you at Panorama Playground  at Hurlyburly in December. And don’t forget to stick around after the performance for an artist Q&A after the 5 PM shows to hear more about Dance Waterloo, our mission and our dancers!

By Ally Wheeler

Communications Assistant

Dance Waterloo

October 22, 2016


Morgan Teel Announces Dance Waterloo

As artistic director, I am thrilled to share with you the birth of Dance Waterloo, a professional dance company based in Austin, Texas. Dance Waterloo is an initiative to make dance more integrated and accessible to the Austin community through an interdisciplinary approach. As of yesterday, the project will be fiscally sponsored by Austin Creative Alliance. This means that we will be eligible for non-profit funding, receive assistance from ACA in marketing, publicity, and grant writing, as well as reap many other benefits. Special thanks to Elizabeth Lentz and Bruce Teel, who will be acting as members of the advisory board. The ideas for this dance initiative have been brewing in my mind for half a year now and this is a great opportunity to take the next step in fulfilling that. I am excited to share this new joy with you. It all started with you.

Morgan Teel