Heidi Maness Knight, owner and director, is certified to teach dance through written and oral examination by Dance Masters of America. She is an active member of DMA Chapter 33, and has served on the Board as the Judges’ Liaison and Performing Arts Chairman.
Heidi began studying dance at the age of four and started competing at nine. She received her early training in the areas of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and acrobatics. Heidi has performed across the country and abroad, studying under some of the world’s most renowned teachers and choreographers. She spent four years training as an assistant teacher and began teaching her own classes before graduating from high school.
Heidi continued studying and teaching dance while attending the University of Alabama. She spent four years teaching all disciplines of dance at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz in Tuscaloosa. Heidi was also highly involved in various campus honor societies and organizations and was an active member of Phi Mu sorority. Heidi graduated magna cum laude from UA with a degree in Communications and a minor in Dance. She worked as a producer for television stations in Tuscaloosa and Las Vegas before returning home to North Alabama, where she spent time in front of the camera as a reporter at WAAY-TV.
As a dance educator, Heidi has developed specialized curriculums in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and hip-hop. She has also developed a highly successful pre-school dance program. She directs the Heidi Knight School of Dance Company Dancers. Her students have received top honors at both the regional and national level. They also consistently win scholarships and prestigious individual awards, including 90 convention scholarships for the 2016-2017 competition season. Sarah Jayne Doty, Payton McCormick, Jaylin Martin and Kaylin Motton are current NRG Prodigy Winners. They will tour with NRG on a full scholarship, assisting the faculty. Chloe Hardy and Bella Rector are Hollywood Dance Jamz DJs. They will assist the HDJ faculty next season. Several HKSD dancers earned scholarships to summer dance events, including various conventions, talent agency auditions, and the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in NYC. This year, several Company routines won top honors at regional competitions. “Blackbird” (choreographed by HannahGrace Jackson) and “Elizabeth Taylor” (choreographed by Joy Spears) won the NRG Overall Best Choreography Awards and “Happy Holidaaayz” received the NRG High Voltage Award. “Elizabeth Taylor” also earned Best Choreography at Adrenaline and Hollywood Dance Jamz. “Blackbird”, “Elizabeth Taylor” and “Black and Gold” were all Adrenaline Best of Show Finalists. “Blackbird” and “Elizabeth Taylor” were also chosen as a 24Seven 11:00 Numbers (Judges’ Favorites) and “Elizabeth Taylor” earned the 24Seven Studio Pick.
Heidi Knight School of Dance was the Co. Dance Regional Studio Champion for Greenville, South Carolina three years in a row. In 2009, the HKSD Company received the honor of winning the “Co. Dance Award”. This award is given to one studio whose students, faculty, and parents demonstrate exceptional attitudes, sportsmanship, and conduct.HKSD students perform at various community events. They are also featured on numerous middle school, high school, and college dance teams and cheerleading squads and have been accepted into, and graduated from, several college dance programs.
Always striving to further develop her teaching skills and stay current in choreography, Heidi enjoys taking master classes and attending dance workshops and conventions. Heidi has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Los Angeles the last three years, and has taken several HKSD teachers to DTS to train. She also completed the accredited Teacher Training Workshop at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and The Pulse on Tour Teacher Training Workshop. Heidi is a recipient of the nationally acclaimed Company Dance Educator’s Award, in 2003 and again in 2013. Heidi has also received a number of awards for her choreography. She is married to Colby Knight and they are the parents of Tucker Cavett and Reed Emmett.