Heather Klawender

Steps PDX — Heather Klawender —

Dancing since age 3, she began studying the fundamentals of ballet, jazz and tap. As a young child, Heather found in dance a sense of community and belonging, and moreover that an excitement and abiding passion had been awakened within her. She danced competitively across the United States during her grade school years and as a young adult began to experiment with various movement styles. Heather is absolutely gonzo about dance and movement of every kind. She has been devoted to a personal practice of yoga since 2002 and has been teaching yoga since 2013. Heather has traveled to L.A. to study hip hop, samba and salsa; she's studied ballet, modern and casino style salsa at Western Oregon University; she's performed as part of a competitive salsa troupe, and as the member of two fabulous burlesque troupes in Portland and has even checked out some aerial acrobatics. A lifelong student, Heather continues to take classes and workshops at every opportunity and is humbled with gratitude to grow her hip hop chops with the incomparable Mariecella Devine and to learn something more deeply fascinating each week about latin dance from, Sarah Riddle. Heather believes wholeheartedly that each of us can thrive into our most authentic selves, that we can tap into a wellspring of joy, self acceptance, body love, confidence, peace and connection through dance and movement. She aims, in her classes, to foster a positive learning environment in which all feel welcome to move, groove, sweat and most of all, smile!