Heather Pate

Heather began her dance training at the age of three from the New Castle Dance Academy, under the tutelage of Valerie Gooding, and Koresh Dance Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Heather is certified through UNLV and DEA in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Acrobatics from beginner to advanced levels. She has taken master classes from Pamela Bowling, Ray Leeper, Karen Hebert, Nan Giordano, Charles Kelly, Al Gilbert, Frank Hatchett, Gus Giordano, Tatjainna Smith, and Steve Sirico Raymond Lukens to name a few. She collaborates with Robert Moses on Choreography and her students are consistently picked for elite workshops to work with outstanding Master Teachers across the country. She has had students accepted in to Point Park, Rockettes Summer Intensive, Jaffrey Ballet, Winners of Pageants, such as Miss Delaware, Eagles Cheerleaders, College Scholarships, Division 1 College dance team acceptance, and Back-up Dancers for film. Her impeccable style and drive to be “YOUR” best gives her students the confidence and willingness to get selected for greatness.

Heather currently holds the position of Artistic Director For NCDMA along with Directing the Competitive Team, Executive Choreographer, Teacher Advisor and Costume Coordinator. Her dance team started off with just 9 dancers back in 2000 and has blossomed into 40 dancers, boys and girls! The dance team has traveled all over the Tri-State area competing regionally. NCDA Competition Team is recognized for their style, disciple, creatively, choreography, and respect for other dancers with a positive attitude. Directors from Competitions come up to her often and comment on her choreography and her dancers get standing ovations from judges! Over the past 15 years, the Team has won over a thousand platinum awards, 100’s of 1st place trophies and entertainment awards, numerous special judges’ awards, Spirit Awards, Stand out in Technique, Stand Out in JAZZ and Lyrical, “Choreographer of the Year” 2010-2014, in 2012 A special choreography award was presented by the Lifetime TV network of Dance Moms, danced for Magic Music days in Disney 2004, Royal Caribbean “Stars at Sea” 2010, $1,000.’s of dollars in scholarships presented to her students, Nationally ranked 2nd place winners with Starpower Talent for 3 consecutive Years, National Entertainment awards out of over 1,114 dances, X-Calibur Winners in 2013 for her ever so clever “Can’t Be Tamed” Dance(She designed a prop with 30 ft Wings!), International invites to dance in theOlympics in Germany, and The Newest having her dancers recognized by the AAPAE and accepted the opportunity to represent the state of DE during the 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS in Rio De Janeiro!!!

Heather’s Professional Dance Career started as a backup dancer for two upcoming vocal artists in the mid 90’s. She has performed across the country in various locations to include Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Las Vegas; at the Sixers Half time show, Disney World, Del Arts Festival, The Grand Opera House and Winterthur, to name a few. Heather auditioned for the Philadelphia Sixers and the Eagles while having a young family at the time and her love of teaching kept her teaching here at NCDA. Her career continued to flourish over the years. Her students auditioned for the JR. Sixers and Blue Rocks dance team and were all selected, she has been judging for an Arts Festival in N.J for the past 6 years and is currently a Judge for the nationally recognized STARPOWER Talent Competition and will be added to another Competition this upcoming season. . She was honored to be asked by such a pristine dance competition. This Past year she was approached again by Realize Records to choreograph for a Movie. Five of her students, in which she has taught since the age of three, were also selected to be in the movie. That is the ultimate dream come true for her.

As a young dancer she was picked out of hundreds of students for her perfect turn out, she was selected for The Nutcracker with multiple roles, and was Captain of her Cheerleading Team. Dance has brought so much to her life besides dancing. It taught her leadership, discipline and brought her confidence that is with her to this day. This is what she wishes to pass on to fellow teachers and aspiring students.