B.F.A., M.F.A Assistant Professor of Dance
Tel. (714) 564-5640
Ms. Gillette earned her degrees from two of the most prestigious dance departments in the western United States: Long Beach State University and the University of Utah, Heather Gillette is recognized as a powerful and sensitive dancer. As a former company member, she has performed with such noted companies as Benita Bike's DanceArt, the Gloria Newman Dance Theater, Notoriety Inc., and the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Utah Opera, the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, and was a former company member of the Performing Dance Company, which toured throughout Australia. Since 2001, Ms. Gillette has been a company member with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, a Los Angeles-based company, which has earned many Lester Horton awards and nominations for outstanding company performance, choreography, music, and lighting design. Heather’s personal accomplishment was in receiving a Lester Horton nomination in 2006 for outstanding female performance in the production of June Moon/Dressed in White under the direction of Loretta Livingston. As an active dance educator, Ms. Gillette has served on the dance faculty at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Long Beach State University, and Chapman University. In December 2005, she received a certification as a Laban Movement Analyst from the Integrated Movement Studies program in Berkeley, CA. and currently assists the IMS program at Loyola Marymount University. She is an active professional, teaching master classes and workshops throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, and currently teaches modern dance technique at University of California, Irvine.
As full-time dance faculty at Santa Ana College, Ms. Gillette is the only community college dance educator who incorporates the Laban/Bartenieff System within her classes, helping to bridge the gap and prepare those students who pursue a dance education at the four-year university. She teaches modern and jazz dance technique, directs the Santa Ana College Dance Touring Ensemble, and choreographs and serves as a co-director of the spring and fall dance concerts. She has choreographed for the SAC musical productions of "Grease", “Fame”, “School House Rock”, “Bye-Bye Birdie”, and “Hair”. Her choreography has also been seen in the gala performance of the Southwest Regional American College Dance Festival, 2000. ACDFA is one of the most elite and prestigious dance festivals that celebrate dance education at the collegiate level. Ms. Gillette is very proud in the commitment of sponsoring SAC students to attend and participate in the ACDFA each year.