One of the original members of San Pedro City Ballet, Heather Lawson trained with Cindy and Patrick Bradley starting at age seven. After high school, Heather attended the University of Oklahoma on a ballet scholarship, where she was a member of the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. As a member of the Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Heather performed in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s Serenade and many other original works. She also toured with the company to France three times, performing in Bordeaux, Claremont-Ferrand, and Nice. Heather graduated with Distinction in 2000 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance.
After graduation, Heather returned to San Pedro where she managed the San Pedro Ballet School, taught classes and rehearsals, and continued to perform. She also discovered and fell in love with the Pilates method. Heather completed her full certification for STOTT Pilates and she has gone on to become a Lead Instructor trainer for STOTT Pilates in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac Chair and Barrels, Injuries and Special Populations, and Total Barre. She has taught internationally, including in Brazil, Indonesia, and Canada, and has presented multiple times at the IDEA World Fitness Convention. Heather has also been featured on several STOTT Pilates DVD’s and manuals and is a member of their programming team.
Currently, Heather resides in Long Beach, California and teaches at John Garey Fitness and Pilates. While no longer active in ballet, she treasures the friendships and memories made while dancing with San Pedro City Ballet.