Heather Dodt founded AntiGravityʼs aerial school at the National Training Facility in 2012 with guidance from Daniel Stover, establishing herself as Co-Owner & Program Director. Heatherʼs responsibilities include managing all aspects of the school, class schedules, student performances, apprentice program, casting auditions, and student accounts.
Heather has over 10 years of professional experience in dance and aerial arts. Currently, Heather performs as a Principal Aerialist with AntiGravity® Entertainment on a variety of Special Events & Corporate Gigs. She is involved in the artistic creation, production, and casting of many local theme park shows and other international performances & tours. These opportunities have included USO International Performances in Okinawa, Japan and Guantanamo Navel Base, Cuba. Other memorable projects include Disney’s Tarzan with Lyric Theater of Oklahoma (specialty aerial acts), Broadway Production of ‘Swing!’ bungee act onboard Norwegian Cruise Line, and AntiGravity’s original production of an aerial-acrobatic Rocky Horror Show.
Heatherʼs background in ballet originated in Chicago, where she studied dance at Faubourge Ballet Academy & at the Avnun Yakabov Cultural Arts Center. Heather graduated with Honors from the University of Central Florida, in which she completed the Honors in the Major program. Her research in ʻsports psychology’ was recognized by the UCF Honors Thesis Board of Directors. Heather earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a Dance Minor, and her future ambitions include acquiring her Masters degree in Sports Fitness/Exercise Physiology. She is also an AFAA certified personal trainer, and has various Group Fitness Certifications, as well as her First Aid & CPR certifications.
Heather has experience both performing and teaching an assortment of aerial classes such as Aerial Hammock, Silk, Lyra, Aerial Cube, Web, Harness, Frame, Bungee, Straps, Cloud Swing, and Carousel. Heatherʼs passion & experience in dance, psychology and fitness are reflected in her approach to class instruction and all aspects of her career.