What moves me?
Strength, in oneself and in others, finding yourself, losing yourself, loving yourself, and loving others more. Dancing like no one is watching, Dancing when everyone is watching. Struggling, challenging one self, and always knowing that even if you fail, you succeed
Heather Maryjanowski (Benton) was born in Soldotna, Alaska where she started dancingat Vergine’s Dance Studio as a Company Dancer; at the age of ten. With Vergine’s she danced all styles of dance and performed as a principle dancer, on pointe, in several productions including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. As a company dancer she traveled all over the US; competing in regional and national competitions. She even had the honor of performing with Paula Abdul, on ESPN2 in Orlando, Florida where she was also nominated for Dancer of The Year while attending the C.O. Dance convention.
After graduating high school she made the move to the big city of Anchorage to attend UAA and continued her career with Dance Spectrum Alaska (DSA) as a company dancer spanning 2 seasons. Along with DSA she attended classes and choreographed with UAA’s dance program and Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy.
In 2008 she transitioned to the Underground Dance Company (UDC) as a Hardcore Company dancer and instructor. With UDC she performed across the nation. She has travelled with UDC to places like Las Vegas, Nevada and even competed in a dance competition in Bournemouth, England. She has had the pleasure of performing at various events with her UDC dancers including, but not limited to: being an opening backup dancer with Chris Fields, in the Ludacris Concert, the Bow Wow Concert, and the Brian Mcknight concert. Heather continues to teach and collaborate with Gabe Harvey and looks forward to working with his talented dancers in the future.
In between travelling the world and dancing she managed to find the time to graduate from UAA with a BS in Civil Engineering and start her career as a Transportation infrastructure Engineer. Since engineering students don’t get much time away from the books, it’s no surprise that she met her husband Mike while in the engineering program. After a quick proposal, they were engaged then married in the summer of 2013 on the Big Island of Hawaii. After stepping away from dance, over a year, she is ready and excited to start a new chapter of her life: dancing with Momentum, and pick back up with some of the original dancers she met from DSA when she first moved to Anchorage.