Children’s Dance Foundation (CDF) is proud to announce Heidi Stoeckley as its Artistic Director. Stoeckley will provide leadership to more than 25 teaching artists and 600 students in CDF’s Studio and Community Partnership Programs. She will oversee all CDF programs and collaborate with program leaders including Shellie Chambers, Artistic Director – Upper School; Mary Foshee, School Touring Program Director; and Blakely Cottle, who will begin as Community Partnership Program Director in May.
Stoeckley recently moved to Birmingham after spending a number of years in Asia as a dance teacher, choreographer and performer. She is a former professional dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City. She received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School, and holds an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Most recently she has worked in Indonesia and Singapore with her own small dance company in Bali and as a modern dance professor at Singapore’s School of the Arts (SOTA). While at SOTA, she managed a choreography and modern dance program for ages 12-18, teaching over 200 students year round.
Diane Litsey, CDF executive director, said “This search was informed by board and staff planning efforts, and parent feedback from surveys and conversations this past year. The search committee selected Heidi as the best fit for CDF and our goals for the future.”
CDF dances with students of all ages and abilities in their Community Arts Center in Homewood and at more than 20 social service agencies, child care centers and schools throughout Birmingham. CDF’s dance classes and performances inspire all children, including the child who is homeless, very young, disadvantaged or at-risk, and the child who has special needs. CDF provides these children with much-needed opportunities to feed their imagination and strengthen their bodies and minds. CDF is a non-profit organization supported by generous corporations, foundations and individuals.