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Heather Burns

Heather Burns Chappell

Contact Information:



(405) 464-3680



Dance: Afro-Cuban


Children, teens, adults
Languages: English and Spanish


Schools: Elementary, Middle, High, and Alternative Ed
Community Sites: Art Centers, Libraries, Senior Centers, Parks & Recreation Centers


Year-round, Statewide


Heather Burns is a professional dancer and choreographer specializing in Afro-Cuban dance. She has studied and performed with many outstanding Cuban artists and musicians including Cutumba Ballet Folklorico in Santiago de Cuba. Burns attended Duke University on a performing arts scholarship. After completing a master's degree at the University of Washington, she danced professionally in Los Angeles with Juan Calvo Flores's Unity Arts and Stage of the Arts Productions. Her experience as an instructor includes work with at-risk youth, first generation U.S. teens, K-12, university students, and dance professionals in eight states and four countries. In her classes on Cuban music and dance, Burns can introduce and model movements and rhythms including cha cha cha, conga, danzon, mambo, orishas, palo, and rumba.

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