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 is also certified through Acrobatic Arts, and is one of the first studio owners in Alabama to complete training and be certified through Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD).
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 dance educators, Heidi and her teaching team have developed specialized curriculums in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and hip-hop. They have also developed a highly successful pre-school dance program. Heidi 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 130 convention scholarships for the 2020-2021 competition season. HKSD Alum Jaylin Martin is a current NRG Dance Project National Apprentice, touring with NRG and assisting the faculty. Payton McCormick, Kaylin Motton, Caroline Lybarger, Dominique Watson, and Brianna Butler are current regional NRG Prodigy Winners. They will tour with NRG on a full scholarship, assisting the faculty. Autumn Traynor was named Hollywood Vibe’s Junior Dancer of the Year in Nashville. Several HKSD dancers earned scholarships to summer dance events, including various conventions, talent agency auditions, and intensives. This year, several Company routines won top honors at regional competitions. “Another One Bites the Dust”, “I Look to You”, “Somebody to Hold”, and “Spring Fling” were all chosen as Nuvo Best Nu Groups (Judges’ Favorites) and “Spring Fling” earned the Nuvo Studio Pick. “Pirates”, “I Look to You”, “Somebody to Hold”, and “Spring Fling” were chosen as a 24Seven 11:00 Numbers (Judges’ Favorites) and “Spring Fling” earned the 24Seven Studio Pick. “Another One Bites the Dust” was chosen as a Mini/Junior NRG Award Finalist and “California Love” was chosen as the Teen/Senior NRG Award Winner.
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 also recently been a guest presenter/consultant for studio owner seminars by Francisco Gella Dance Works and Changing Lives with Kim McSwain. Heidi has attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Los Angeles for several years, and has taken 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.