Catherine is a local New Orleanian and began her dance training with Deidre’s School of Dance and Gymnastics then with Kelly’s School of Dance and Gymnastics. As a teen, Catherine was accepted into The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, and studied at The Ailey School (the official school for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre). She has also studied with Kris Cangelosi as a member of the Cangelosi Dance Project. Catherine spent two summers studying with Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. She has also participated in the Teacher Fellowship program with the annual Bates Dance Festival. Catherine has studied and worked with several amazing dance teachers and choreographers such as Deirdre Jefferson, Adrianne Mitchell, Ana Marie Forsythe, Maguette Camara, Liz Lehrman, Jawolle Zollar, Maria Bauman, Marjani Forte, and the list is still growing.
She currently performers with KM Dance Project here in New Orleans. Catherine holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New Orleans, where she wrote her final thesis on Arts Integrated Learning. She has taught dance in several local schools, in the Greater New Orleans Area.
She currently serves as a Ballet teacher at Kelly’s School of Dance, as well as the Ballet, Modern and Jazz teacher at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Heidi Malnar is an Emmy Award and two-time Big Easy Award winning dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She is the founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap– New Orleans’ Premier Rhythm Tap Company; whose mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve America’s indigenous dance form in the birthplace of jazz.
Currently teaching in the dance and musical theatre departments at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Heidi is a former company member, of the Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, directed by Billy Siegenfeld, where she received an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera: Performer” for her work in the multiple-Emmy- Award-winning documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There, produced by HMS Media and aired on PBS. She also performed with Chicago Tap Theatre, directed by Mark Yonally.
Recent productions include “Hoofing for Heroes,” “Neutral Ground,” “Love Taps: An Evening of Romance and Rhythm” with Gulf Coast Theatre On Tap. In the theatre community, Heidi has choreographed “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Le Petit Theatre; as well as “One The Air,” “America’s Wartime Sweethearts: The Andrews Sisters,” “The Mysterious Wisterias,” and “Always, Patsy Cline” at the National WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. Heidi also performs in the SDC’s “Thanks for the Memories Bob Hope and His All Star Pacific Tour”. She has also had the pleasure of choreographing at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts in “Annie,” “42nd Street,”“13,” and “Spamalot.” She has enjoyed teaching positions at Tulane University, New Orleans Ballet Association, St. Martin’s Episcopal School, and Encore Studios. Before moving to New Orleans, Heidi enjoyed her faculty position at Carthage College where her choreography for “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Certificate of Merit. She is eternally grateful to her family, teachers and Earl for their tremendous support, guidance, and love.
Receiving his B.A. from Loyola University of New Orleans, Jefferson Turner started in the New Orleans theatre community as a chorus member at Tulane Summer Lyric, and since then has gone on to perform or direct the music at many theatres in the New Orleans area, including Rivertown Repertory Theatre and Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, with such shows as “Me and My Girl,” “And the World Goes Round,” “West Side Story,” “At the Club Toot Sweet on Bourbon Street,” and “Oh, Coward!” From Summer of 2004 until Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson was the resident music director for the New Orleans Recreation Department’s Ty Tracy Theatre. Since then, he has collaborated with Ricky Graham, one of New Orleans’ top writer/directors, on the hit cabaret show about post-Katrina New Orleans, “I’m Still Here, Me,” which opened at Le Chat Noir in November 2005. Also at Le Chat Noir, Mr. Turner and Mr. Graham have written their own late night cabaret show and a new Cole Porter revue, as well as a new musical to open in September 2006. In summer of 2006 Jefferson was chosen out of an international audition to attend the prestigious Cabaret Conference at Yale.