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The Nutcracker Heidi Longwith
Heidi's dance education began in Cleveland, Tennessee with Carolyn Clark School of Dance. She attended the International Academy of Dance directed by Anna Marie Holmes, and from there Heidi studied at Walnut Hill School of Education and Performing Arts under Sydelle Gomberg. After the completion of her education at Walnut Hill she moved to Georgia and studied with The Atlanta Ballet under the direction of Bobby Barnette, Marrilee Smith, and Mary Munroe. While in Atlanta she attended Robert Archard's City Center where she danced as a company member. From Atlanta Heidi moved to New York City where she continued her training at Steps with Doug Caldwell and Zenna Rommett, and Peridance with Margo Sappington. In 2007 Heidi became a Zena Rommett certified Floor Barre Instructor. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of the Tennessee Youth Ballet.

The Nutcracker Some of Heidi's performance credits include "The King and I" at the Alliance Theatre, directed by Charles Abbot. "Cabaret" with the Kenley Players staring Donna McKechnie as Sally Bowles and Billy Crystal as the MC, and "The Merry Widow" at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Opera staring Anna Moffo. Heidi is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Heidi's professional dance career has centered around teaching and choreographing. She was President of the Tennessee Association of Dance from 2009-2010, and an active board member from 2006-2010. Heidi was recognized as an Outstanding Dance Educator in 2007 by the Tennessee Governors School of the Arts.

The Nutcracker Before becoming the Artistic Director of Tennessee Youth Ballet, Heidi Longwith had the great pleasure of teaching at Sewickley Academy and Melodia Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania, Tennessee Festival Ballet with Anna Marie Holmes, and The Ramaz School, Walden Discovery Programs, and PS 199 in New York City. In Tennessee and Georgia Heidi taught for Chattanooga Ballet, Baylor School, and Ballet Dalton. Most recently she taught in North Carolina at Cary Ballet Conservatory, and Center Stage in Asheville.

Heidi's choreographic work includes "The Firebird" with Anna Marie Holmes at the Tennessee Festival Ballet. With Utah Musical Theatre, directed by Jim Christian, she choreographed My Fair Lady, The Fantasticks, Cabaret, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Heidi was the choreographer at Dollywood working with such greats as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Bert Reynolds, Delta Berke, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Clint Black in multiple Grande Openings, commercials, and concerts. Formerly, Heidi was the choreographer for the South Eastern Theatre Conference. As a State Board Member of Tennessee's Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program (Junior Miss) Heidi choreographed the State program for two years in 2011 and 2012. Continuing with her love for Musical Theatre, Heidi has had the great pleasure to choreograph for Lee University, under the direction of Christine Williams and Dan Buck, The Secret Garden, Big River, and My Fair Lady. Heidi has choreographed more than twenty children's ballets for the Tennessee Youth Ballet since 1992.