Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Education: University of Arizona

Years With GDC: 12

Zachary Heller started his training in ballet and jazz in Alexandria, VA.  During his early training he performed with the American Dance Company under the direction of Mark Marino.  He accompanied ADC on several tours to Europe and Central America.  While dancing with ADC he was recognized as the Grishko Outstanding Male Dancer at the Prague International Dance Festival in 2003. His choreography of the musicals A Chorus Line and The Boyfriend received Cappies Awards for outstanding musical theater choreography in 2003 and 2004.  He attended the University of Arizona and in 2008 graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance; he also fulfilled all the requirements for Pre Med.  At U of A, he performed works choreographed by Susan Quinn, Michael WIlliams, Sam Watson, Douglas Nielson, Frank Chavez, James Clouser, and George Balanchine.  2019-20 marks Zach's twelfth season performing with Giordano Dance Chicago.  He is also very excited to be entering a new role this year as a rehearsal captain for GDC.  He is a resident choreographer for Definition Dance Academy in Bucktown.  He is on faculty with Star Dance Alliance's PowerPak and WILD Intensive, as well

as teaching and choreographing for studios and youth companies in the Chicago area and around the U.S.  Zach’s mission is to get young dancers psyched about classical and contemporary jazz and ballet techniques.