Heather moved to NYC, months shy of earning her BFA in Dance from York University (which she has since finished). She worked in the downtown dance and theater scene for 4 years before finding her way back to tap dance when she walked in to a studio where “Cookie Cook” was teaching. She burst into tears when she heard the emotion in his sounds and said it was “the way he touched the floor”. By the following year she was working with every rhythm tap artist in the city at the time: Anita Feldman, Gail Conrad, Andrea Levine and as partner to tap dance/clown artist Noel Parenti. In the fall of 1984 she joined the Jazz Tap Ensemble and toured internationally with them for a season.