Molly Heller

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Assistant Professor

MFA University of Utah

Phone: 801-587-9804


Molly is the Director of Heartland, a multi-disciplinary collective centralized in Salt Lake City, with collaborations in dance, the visual arts, and music composition/performance. She is also an Assistant Professor within the School of Dance at the University of Utah. Her research investigates performance as a healing practice and the relationship between physical expression and emotion. Molly has also been on faculty at Westminster College (SLC), SUNY New Paltz (NY), and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC) and has taught for: ODC Dance Commons (San Francisco), Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley), Utah Valley University, Middlebury College (VT), University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University (NE), Dance West Festival (SLC), Salt Dance Fest (University of Utah), Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (University of Utah), Ririe-Woodbury’s Professional Intensive (SLC), Boise State University, and Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID). Within the School of Dance, she specializes in contemporary techniques (including her own form – Tennis Shoe Technique), improvisational practices, creative process, teaching methods, and wellness practices. Molly is also part of the administrative team for Dance West Festival (SLC), a professional intensive focused on the creative process, contemporary and traditional techniques, and repertory work.

Molly’s choreographic work is an extension of her interest in health and wellbeing, as well as an interweaving of theater practices and dance. Her work has been presented in venues such as: Urban Lounge (SLC), Beehive Concert Venue (SLC), Shawl Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley), Eccles Regent Street Blackbox Theater (SLC), Kingsbury Hall for TEDx SaltLakeCity, Gowanus Art + Production (NYC), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Green Space (NYC), DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NY), The Mahaney Center for the Arts (Middlebury, VT), Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID), Boise State University, Westminster College (SLC), Sugar Space Studio for the Arts (SLC), and the Ladies’ Literary Club (SLC). 

Molly holds an M.F.A. from the University of Utah where she received the Thomas G. Stockham Medal for Conspicuously Effective Teaching, the L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award, and a University Teaching Assistantship (UTA). Molly also holds certifications in Pilates and Reiki. As a performer, Molly has worked with Naganuma Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, Stephen Koester, and Satu Hummasti. She currently performs/collaborates with Katie Faulkner and Joanna Kotze.