Heather Prokhnitski is from Norfolk, Virginia and received her early dance training from the Old Dominion University Ballet School. She was a full-scholarship student at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., and studied for a year at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. For three summers, she was invited by the North Carolina School of the Arts to study in Budapest, Hungary at the Hungarian State Ballet School. Heather danced with Colorado Ballet for 10 seasons and as a Soloist danced many leading roles. Some of her favorite roles include the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Lilac fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre, the Dryad Queen in Don Quixote and Lucy in Dracula. Heather was also a featured dancer in Taisiya Korobeynikova's Elysium, Jessica Lang's From Foreign Lands and People, Darrell Moultrie's Vital Sensations and many other works by contemporary choreographers. Mrs. Prokhnitski began teaching at the Colorado Ballet Academy in 2008. She is now in her ninth season serving as Academy Nutcracker Director for Colorado Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, selecting, rehearsing and staging all students that perform in the production. Mrs. Prokhnitski also served as Academy Rehearsal Director for ALICE (in wonderland) in the 2015-2016 season. In addition to creating the Colorado Ballet Academy’s Intermediate Ballet Intensive, Mrs. Prokhnitski has taught several summers in the Summer Intensive for Ballet Virginia International as well as been a guest teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix workshops in Denver.