Joined KCB in 2019
Heather Nichols was born in Richmond, Virginia and began her dance training at The West End Academy of Dance under Mary Monroe at the age of 4. She then joined The School of Richmond Ballet for two years in the upper program, after which she was invited to join the Richmond Ballet trainee program in 2011, under the direction of Stoner Winslett. During this time, she performed with the professional company in their productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet. From 2011-2015 Ms. Nichols attended Butler University and received her BA in Dance Pedagogy and Pre-Physical Therapy. During her time at Butler, Ms. Nichols performed many leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Viva Vivaldi, Giselle, Cinderella, and Coppelia. In 2015, Ms. Nichols was offered a contract with Ballet San Antonio, where she performed many featured roles in works including Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake, Bruce Wells’ Beauty and the Beast, Peter Anastos’ Peter Pan, Willy Shives’ Giselle, Haley and Easton Wells’ The Nutcracker, Yosvanni Cortellan’s Carmen, George Balanchine’s Rubies, and Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi. This is Ms. Nichols’ first season with Kansas City Ballet.