Heather Lehan

Dancer
Heather Lehan

Heather is from Kitchener in Ontario, Canada. She trained at Canada's National Ballet School and joined Northern Ballet in 2017.

Learn more about Heather

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario in Canada.

At what age did you start dancing?

I believe I began when I was 3 or 4 years old.

Where did you train?

I danced at Morée School of Dance in my home town in Kitchener and competed in all styles of dance until joining Canada'a National Ballet School in 2013 where I trained for four years.

Previous companies

I performed in the National Ballet of Canada's The Nutcracker in my last year of Canada's National Ballet School.

Awards/nominations/prizes

Christopher Ondaatje Ballet Prize (2016), Academic Medal of the Governor of General Canada (2016), Maitland Award for Mathematics and Science (2016)

Which Northern Ballet role would you most like to dance?

I would love to perform in The Great Gatsby and a dream role for me is Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.

Career/training highlights

Canada's National Ballet School hosted 21 professional ballet schools from around the world for Assemblée Internationale 2017 and it was amazing to meet and perform with so many other young dancers from around the world. I've also had the chance to go on exchanges and travel for ballet several times which have all been wonderfully eye-opening experiences. Also, of course, receiving my first contract with Northern Ballet!

What do you like most about being a dancer?

I love being able to dive into a place where I can focus on the movement, music and the story and not have to worry about anything else at that time. I also love the fulfillment of achieving something you didn't know you could.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

I would love to dance in Harry Potter adapted into a ballet! It already has a gorgeous soundtrack and a great story.

What is your favourite book?

I have several but I fell in love with the Harry Potter series and it is still at the top of my list.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Something warm and flavourful, lasagne is my favourite!

How do you like to relax?

Hanging out with friends and being outside in the sun if possible!

If you weren't a dancer what would you be?

If I weren't a dancer I think I would be an environmental scientist of sorts, or doing something active!