Heidi Duckler

Heidi Duckler is the Artistic Director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance in Los Angeles, California and Heidi Duckler Dance/Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Duckler has created more than 300 original dance works at unique sites in Australia, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, Cuba, Chile, Canada, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California. 
Duckler earned a BS in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MA in Choreography from UCLA. Awards include the Distinguished Dance Alumna award from the University of Oregon School in Music and Dance, the Dance/USA and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences award, and the National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpiece award for her work touring laundromats, “Laundromatinee”. She has been honored with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Maverick Award, and LA Weekly’s Best Site-Specific Dance Company Los Angeles, and was featured as a Tedx UCLA speaker in 2015. She is currently artist in residence with her company at the Martin Luther King Community Hospital Campus funded through NEA Art Works and the California Arts Council and she is in production on several dance films including a commission from the Portland Dance Film Festival.


artistic process

“As a choreographer I’ve imbued non-traditional sites with performances for more than 30 years. The strength and distinctiveness of my work depends on a solid foundation of place, be it geographical, cultural, social, historical, architectural, environmental, political and/or personal. Location, history, and community have inspired my work, yet my choreography has evolved with each place. Sites are catalysts and collaborators within my choreographic process.”

Working with a diverse range of dancers, I negotiate performers’ movement styles around architecture, audience members, and each other. With input from creative partners and collaborators (dancers, musicians, architects and community members, among others), a truly site-specific and environmentally responsive work emerges, capturing the multiple dimensions of each place, performer, and collaborator.” – Heidi Duckler


  • Panelist, LACMA, New Engagement with Historic Places
  • Oregon Dance Film Commission, Choreographer and Director


  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Judy Chu, Ph.D, Member of Congress, 27th District
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Ted W. Lieu, Member of Congress, 33rd District
  • State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, Senator Holly J. Mitchell


  • LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Prequalified List of Festival Producers/Programmers


  • Lester Horton Award, Artist Appreciation
  • Panelist, Santa Monica Artists Fellowship
  • Oregon Art in Public Places Roster


  • TedxUCLA speaker
  • Panelist, Santa Monica Artists Fellowships for 2016


  • Los Angeles County Art Commission Civic Artists Prequalified List


  • Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Emerald 20th Anniversary recipient of the MAVERICK AWARD
  • Dance/USA and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences


  • Distinguished Alumnus – University of Oregon School of Music & Dance


  • Certificate of Commendation Awarded by Councilwoman Jan Perry on behalf of the City of Los Angeles State of California
  • Panelist for Director’s Lab West and the Theatre Communications Group


  • National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpiece for “Laundromatinee”


  • National Endowment for the Arts, Artistic Excellence for “A Guide to an Exhibitionist”
  • Featured in the anthology, “Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces”


  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts Leadership Initiative
  • Finalist, Sherwood Award, Center Theatre Group
  • Panelist, Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission
  • Mayor’s Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


  • Invited Showcase for Performance West, Western Arts Alliance Conference
  • Panelist for L.A. County Arts Commission
  • Leslie Horton Dance Awards nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design, Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Long Form for C’Opera


  • Panelist, Site-Specific Symposium, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, NYC


  • California DanceMaker Grant (James Irvine Foundation)
  • National College Choreography Initiative
  • Panelist, Durfee ARC Awards


  • coming soon


  • California DanceMaker Grant (James Irvine Foundation)
  • Landmark Award, Backstage West
  • Southern California Development Forum Award


  • City of Los Angeles Individual Artist’s Fellowship (C.O.L.A.)
  • Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Company Performance
  • Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Music for Dance, Set Design, and Performance—Small Ensemble for Cover Story
  • Back Stage West Landmark Award


  • Director, Dance in the Workplace, film commissioned by Grand Performances and Arts Partners
  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Performance, Music, and Lighting Design for After Eden
  • Lester Horton Award nominee for Sustained Achievement


  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design and Costume Design
  • California Choreography Fellowship from the California Arts Council


  • Peer Panelist for Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Member of Cultural Planning/Arts for L.A.
  • Member Dance/USA


  • Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, Outstanding Achievement in Performance, Outstanding Achievement in Production, Outstanding Achievement in Music for the production of Most Wanted
  • Lester Horton Awards nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Set Design, Lighting Design, and Sustained Achievement for the production of Most Wanted
  • Peer Panelist for Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission
  • Selected participant of On Site Performance Network, Dancing in the Streets
  • Editor of Dance Zine; Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles, CA


  • Member California Plaza Task Force, Los Angeles, CA
  • Speaker on Interdisciplinary Performance at California Institute of the Arts

  • Connie Ramirez
  • Danielle Valentino
  • Deborah Weintraub
  • Jamarah Hayner
  • John Friedman
  • Lisa Gilmour
  • Lisa Quateman
  • Mark Walsh
  • Mary Ann Braubach
  • Natalie Samarjian
  • Raymond Ejiofor
  • Terez Kreisz
  • Tom Majich
  • Haylee Nichele
  • Himerria Wortham
  • Jillian Meyers
  • Lenin Fernandez
  • Lily Ontiveros
  • Rafael Quintas
  • Raymond Ejiofor
  • Roberto C. Lambaren
  • Ryan Walker Page
  • Tess Hewlett
  • Danielle Lee – Program Management Associate
  • Debra Padilla – Senior Advisor
  • Jessica Moneà Evans – Education & Engagement Director
  • Lily Ontiveros
  • Lyn Paz – Bookkeeper
  • Raphaelle Ziemba – Managing Director
  • Teresa Toogie Barcelo – Associate Artistic Director
  • Amanda MacLeod
  • Andrea Burr
  • Anthony Languren
  • Belle Jessen
  • Greer Whillans
  • Haylee Nichele
  • Himerria Wortham
  • Lenin Fernandez
  • Owen Scarlett
  • Rafael Quintas
  • Ryan Walker Page
  • William Jay Ylvisaker


heidi duckler dance is proud to be supported by the contributions of these generous individuals and organizations.

  • Liliane Corzo
  • Olga Garay-English
  • Sylivia Drew Ivie
  • Lorcan O’Herlihy
  • Jan Perry
  • Sarah Pillsbury
  • Craig Watson
  • 2020
    Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2019
    NoMad Hotel & Please Do Not Enter, Los Angeles, CA
    MATT Construction
  • 2018
    Palos Verdes Art Center & Amadi Carpets, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017
    Culver City Centennial & City of Culver City, Culver City, CA
  • 2016
    Autry Museum of the American West & Trust for Historic Preservation, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015
    Canal Convergence, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2014
    Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, Australia
    ODC Walking Distances Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013
    Reed College Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, OR
    Flux Projects, Atlanta, GA
  • 2012
    Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
    Van Nuys FlyAway Terminal, Van Nuys, CA
  • 2010
    Long Beach Arts Council, Long Beach, CA
    9th International Festival on the Volga, Yaroslavl, Russia
    “Meet Me at the Metro” Watts Village Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009
    Brookfield Properties, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2008
    Saint Joseph Ballet, Santa Ana, CA
    Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
  • 2007
    Hong Kong Urban Dance Festival
  • 2006
    City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2004
    Yiddishkayt Festival, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001
    On Site Network (Dancing in the Streets in partnership with Miami Light)

heidi duckler dance/Northwest

Heidi duckler dance/northwest (hdd/nw) redefines relationships between artists and audiences by presenting bold choreography in extraordinary places, and through collaborations with artists and communities of the pacific northwest, cultivates public engagement to create meaningful, multidisciplinary performances with exceptional artistic standards.

Dancers on-site in portland for five years running! Since its inception in 2010 heidi duckler dance/northwest (hdd/nw) has been creating captivating storytelling through site-specific dance choreography in portland, oregon and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Hdd/nw performers have animated iconic pacific northwest locations such as a hip co-inhabited office space, the paths along local forests, and the center of a local lumber yard.