Heather S. Kemp
Heather began her performing career in ballet as a principal dancer with the Atlanta Ballet Company. She also studied with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She then moved into musical theater as a singer and dancer at Opryland USA, where she became a featured performer in various TV specials on NBC, as well as on the NBC series The Nashville Palace. Heather has also had the joy of performing leading roles in several stage musicals such as “Annie Get Your Gun” with John Schneider, as well as many other musicals, commercials, television and dance productions.
She has taught dance for Teaching Little Children, Priceless Performers and Georgia Dance Conservatory, as well as provided instruction and choreography services for community theaters, public schools and other programs.
Her greatest accomplishment, however, is becoming a mother to two beautiful daughters adopted from China.
Born in Chisinau, Moldova, Slava received his ballet training from famous Bolshoi School in Moscow, Russia, and Kiev Academy of Ballet in the Ukraine. He spent two years with the State Army Dance Company as ballet master and choreographer. He has been a principal dancer with Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater (Ukraine) and Theatrul Natoinal de Opera si Ballet “Maria Biesu” (Republic Moldova).
Since 1991, Slava has resided in the U.S., performing with the following companies: Pennsylvania Ballet; Dance Theatre of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware; Manassas Ballet Company, Virginia. His repertory includes “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “The Nutckracker,” “Raymonda,” “Coppelia,” “Cinderella,” “La Bayadere,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Don Quixote.” He has toured in the U.S. with “Russian Roulette Show” (Reno, Nevada; Los Angeles, Miami Beach, Atlantic City, New Jersey). He spent nine months with Happy Dance Ballet School in Monchengladbach, Germany, and Chisinau Ballet School in Moldova. Slava taught at a professional ballet company in Europe, Chisinau Opera and Ballet Theater (Republic of Moldova). He toured the United States three times with the Donetsk Ballet Company before joining the Russian Ballet of Delaware, USA.
Slava was praised for his commanding and charismatic presence onstage, as well as his classical technique. He was chosen to play the role of Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet,” choreographed by Daniel Baudendistel of the Joffrey Ballet. New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Robert La Fosse cast Slava in the lead role of the “Entertainer” in his ballet, “Rags.” He performed in several ballet pieces choreographed by Leslie Brown, principal dancer of American Ballet Theater. He performed as a guest artist and taught master classes and choreographed across the U.S. and Europe. Slava brings with him 30 years of experience as a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. He has taught in professional ballet companies and many schools, having 18 years in ballet, pointe, solo variations, pas de deux, character dance and partnering.
Dana, originally from Norwich, Vermont, began her dance training with Joseph and Victoria DeChiazza, professors of dance at Dartmouth College. After 11 years of studying ballet (French technique), modern (Limon-based) and jazz (Jack Cole-based), Dana went on to Adelphi University to receive her B.F.A. in dance. She trained with Norman Walker, Carmen de Lavallade, Loren Hightower, Rochelle Zide-Booth and Regina Larkin. After graduation, she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to earn an M.F.A. in dance. She performed works by Gus Solomons Jr., Mark Morris and Ann Carlson and trained with Jenny Way (Twyla Tharp), Gwen Welliver (Doug Varone), Jim Martin, Phyllis Lamhut (Nikolais), Mark Haim, Jackie Villamil, Deborah Jowitt and Kaye Cummings. During her second year at NYU, Dana joined the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, performing Trisler works in NYC and multiple venues in the Northeast. After graduating, she performed with Cherylyn Lavagnino, Imago Dance Theatre, and formed her own collaborative company called Ground Floor Dance.
Since moving to Atlanta, Dana has taught ballet and modern technique to dancers of all ages. She has taught at the Georgia Academy of Dance, in the public school system, at The Studio Atlanta Dance, and is currently a part-time professor of dance at Kennesaw State University. Dana serves as program coordinator for Dance Canvas, an Atlanta-based company that promotes and produces choreographers. During Dance Canvas’ summer intensive, Dana teaches ballet technique and choreography. She continues to study dance at the Atlanta Ballet and produces her own choreography.
Kathi S. Kinard, R.N.
Kathi Kinard is a registered nurse who has practiced nursing since 1980. She spent most of her career in hospital surgical, ER and oncology nursing. She spent the latter part of her career in nutritional education and weight management, and worked extensively with bariatric patients.
Kathi has been a diabetes educator, and has led nutrition and wellness seminars in the community. She is involved in health outreach as part of her commitment to community service. She is a firm believer in fueling the body in order to achieve optimum strength and health. She is excited to work with SSSDPA as an educator and consultant to our students on the importance of nutrition and ways of maintaining overall health.