Heidi Nicole Stoeckley

Founder & Co-Director

Heidi Nicole Stoeckley’s career as a dance artist, teacher, arts director and arts advocate has taken her to over 120 countries, most recently working directly with local populations in Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Mexico. 


Heidi Nicole Stoeckley is a former professional dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She holds an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University in New York City, with a Certification in Mediation & Conflict Resolution, and a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. Her undergraduate thesis, entitled "Exceptional Human Functioning", won her the highest academic merits in her graduating class and has served as vital research for her field. Stoeckley is a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize (The Juilliard School), the Van Lewis Award for Excellence (Virginia School of the Arts), and the Coca-Cola Scholarship for Academic & Artistic Merit. 


Stoeckley is featured in several films, including "DVD For Dancers: The Alexander Technique with Jane Kosminsky" and in Christine Dakin's La Voz Del Cuerpo/ The Body Speaks; the personal poetics of a Martha Graham dancer and theTerpsikon, a dictionary of dance sequences.  Heidi is also featured in the PBS Television production "American Masters on Juilliard". Stoeckley’s dance portrait and essays are published in John Deane’s "Acts of Light: Martha Graham of the 21st Century." 


In 2008 through 2011, Stoeckley founded Plastic Projects in Indonesia, a dance collaborative that supported local artists in impoverished communities. In 2010, she became Professor of Dance at Singapore's School of the Arts. While in Singapore, Stoeckley co-founded MonkeyFist Arts with composer Dirk Johan Stromberg and sculptor John Stewart Jackson. 


Since returning to the United States in 2013, Stoeckley has served as Artistic Director of The Dance Foundation and adjunct professor of dance at Birmingham-Southern College. Stoeckley currently directs her own professional studio and company, Edgewood Dance, LLC ( Institute for Exceptional Human Functioning) and is co-owner of the metal arts foundry Birmingham Sculpture, LLC.