Lydia Heidt

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance; BA in Spanish

Give a little general information about yourself: How did you become interested in dance? How old were you when you began dancing?

I began dancing, like many of my peers when I was young, three years old. I started with ballet, and when I was in second grade I started training in jazz, contemporary, and modern. I have also been training in Latin dance for about six years now.  

What kind of career do you hope to have?

This fall I launched a student dance company, Metamorphic Dance. With it I wish to connect different cultures and communities through dance. I would like to put on diverse shows adjacent to those that I have experienced at UNC Charlotte. I intend on having dancers that come from different disciplines and techniques (including Latin, African Diaspora, and Contemporary dance), that can in turn teach their movement knowledge to the group. I want our work to be collaborative in a sense that we learn from each other and create diverse work together. I also want the company to have a strong community outreach branch. I recognize the importance of arts in the community and I want to make them more accessible to all people. Dance is a mode of expression and release that I believe can benefit all who participate in its doing.

As well as owning a company, I also wish to become a certified teacher in Gaga Technique and/or Silvestre Technique. I plan on pursuing my masters and becoming a professor at a university after I immerse myself in the world of professional dance for several years. 

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte, the College of Arts + Architecture, or the dance department?

My favorite thing about the College of Arts + Architecture is how the different disciplines within the college work together to create events and projects. I also really appreciate how diverse the dance department is. It offers many different types of dance. Since being in the department I have taken classes in Afro-Brazilian, Latin, and Odissi dance, alongside ballet and modern. I have loved learning each type of dance and feel as though I am now a more well-rounded dancer. 

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts community? If so, please describe.

This semester I am taking a pilot course with Professor Williams called Community Engagement. Through this course we will be teaching free community dance classes at the Camino Community Center. This organization does a lot of valuable work for the University Area community, especially with Latinos and immigrants. Their services include health care, food assistance, fitness programs, insurance, and much more. While other colleges at UNC Charlotte have worked with Camino before, they have only been health programs. This class is the first time that the university is bringing arts and culture to Camino. I am extremely excited to be working with such a meaningful organization and intend on working with them long after I finish this semester. I believe in their work and want to contribute. 

When you are not in class, studying, working or rehearsing, what do you like to do for fun?

When I am not in class, rehearsing, or working, I love to paint. I paint mainly on ceramics with underglaze, and have recently started selling my work online. I also love to cook, go Latin dancing, see live music, and attend art events around Charlotte.