Artist ● Creative Producer ● Dance Lecturer
Heather Benson, an Atlanta, Georgia native, received a BFA in Dance from The Florida State University (USA) and a MA in Culture, Policy and Management from City University, London (UK).
Heather is a former company member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, Urban Bush Women and Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company), performing the works of Talley Beatty, George Faison, Milton Myers, Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and many more. As well she has taught the Lester Horton Technique and other dance forms around the world whilst touring with Philadanco! In 2013, Heather was an original cast member of The Apollo Theater’s (NYC) James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, featuring works by Otis Sallid, Ronald K. Brown, Camille A. Brown, Thang Dao and Abdel Salaam.
Now residing in London, Heather teaches Horton Technique within many institutions, festivals and organisations across the UK and beyond. Currently she serves as a dance lecturer at University of Roehampton, WAC Arts and Artistry Youth Dance. Heather’s class brings excitement and dynamic musicality to the Horton Technique; empowering dancers to freely express their true selves. Many of her students have been impacted by her guidance and have gone on to train and perform internationally. Additionally, Heather continues to perform as part of Coleman Collective (NYC) and Blake Arts Ensemble (London).
Beyond her role as a performer and lecturer, she supports individual artists and organisations as a project manager and creative producer. Since 2015, Heather has worked with numerous organisations in roles that encompass fundraising, events and project management, marketing and communications, programming and professional development support. Currently, she is a freelance producer working with Dickson Mbi Comapny and Kauma Arts.
It was such a pleasure working with Heather on a Lester Horton Technique ‘class as performance’ in the gallery; from the outset she was so open to bringing an unconventional performance into an unconventional space, thinking creatively about what would work. She was clear about her dancers’ needs, but flexible to the limitations of exhibition space. The resulting event was more than I had hoped – generous, joyful, immersive and enlightening!
Curator: Performance & Engagement
at The Zabludowicz Collection