Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Heather Mills grew up studying with renowned artists and teachers including Artour Bajanov, of the Moscow Ballet Theatre, Bashkirian State Ballet and Bolshoi; Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez of Ballet San Jose and Joanne Morscher of North Coast Ballet Theatre. Furthering her education she studied around the country at BalletMet, American Ballet Theatre and Point of Departure, as well as participating in several youth ballet companies.
Heather received a dance scholarship to attend Mercyhurst College where she earned her BA in Dance Management in 2011 under the direction of Tauna Hunter. While at Mercyhurst she fostered her love of jazz, modern and contemporary styles, which she continues to use today. Upon graduation she went on to dance professionally with The Ballet Theatre Maryland in Annapolis for three seasons under the direction of Dianna Cuatto.
In 2014 Heather moved to Florida to join Tampa Ballet Theatre. In addition to dancing with the company Heather also takes on the role of Development Manager and was promoted to Company Ballet Mistress in 2017. Heather has taught at many schools around the country including Tampa Bay Ballet, the Official school of Tampa Ballet Theatre.
Professionally, Heather has performed multiple roles in classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works such as Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and The Beast, Coppelia, Dancing Princesses, Firebird, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Primal Dreams among others. Some of Heather’s favorite roles to date include the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, Lucy from Dracula, and Giselle from Giselle.