WHO WE ARE
HEAT is family, which is why when co-creators Kobi Rozenfeld and Jonathan Shamos designed HEAT, the team they put together were comprised of family and friends like family that they’ve known for decades: Morgan Mulholand (Assistant Artistic Director), Leah Bleiweis (Director of Production), and Matt Gutierrez (Director of Studio Relations).
That atmosphere of family, which starts with the core HEAT Team and circulate to every aspect of the organization – from staff & faculty to studios & dancers to the family environment of our convention classes & competition!
HEAT’S Mission: HEAR – EDUCATE – ADVOCATE – TRAIN!
We at HEAT believe that when we Hear with an desire to listen, we can Educate ourselves, and Advocate for change in order to Train others.
The goal of HEAT Convention & Competition is to highlight the artistry of dance with our inspiring classes and fierce competitions, not only for the camera and social media, but for the pure love of dancing. It is the fundamental focus of heat, that students continually desire to develop an ethic of striving to be the best – both with their skills and with their hearts
HEAT faculty platforms
HEAT Faculty Platforms are areas of expertise inside and out of the dance industry that our faculty brings to each and every class. Our goal at HEAT is to provide our dancers with tools not only for their careers in dance, but for wherever life might take them. Platforms include: Dance History, Mental Health, Industry Tips, Cultural Dance, Inclusion, Autonomy, Progressions, Anatomy, and Nutrition.
Commitment to Training
HEAT’s focus is on our training – focusing on both the macro and micro levels of instruction. This allows for the best both in class instruction and the individual dancer. We are committed to never compromise the quality of care from our convention workshops for the benefit of competition.
POSITIVE CONVENTION ATMOSPHERE
HEAT is committed to providing our dancers with both positive instruction and a safe and approachable environment. We believe that our teachers and mentors should be down to earth and accessible, not idolized and intimidating, in order to to inspire and push our dancers to their full potential.
When I started HEAT I wanted to design a convention space where dancers felt they could grow and flourish – a safe space where everyone had a sense of belonging, were included, and felt seen!
It was important to create a convention with the idea that dance is about more than merely steps, that it is about shaping the next generation of the dance community.
After three years, seeing HEAT come to life and intentions come to fruition, it has been a joy to see dancers, parents, and teachers grab hold of and fully embrace those values.
I am beyond excited for Season IV of HEAT and to share who we are and what we have to offer with even more cities, studios, and dancers!