Heather Zubkova began her dance training at age 3 studying ballet, tap and jazz. During High School Heather furthered her musical background by playing multiple instruments and marching with a nationally acclaimed champion marching band. Heather has 15 years and counting of teaching and performance experience. Heather teaches all styles of dance including American and International, as well as Salsa, Argentine Tango and West Coast Swing. Heather has received training around the country from world champion dancers and adjudicators. She is continually seeking knowledge from the top dancers so that she can develop her students to their full potential. Throughout her career Heather has coached youth performance formation groups. Heather formerly directed KIDS-IN-MOTION ballroom dance program for children ages 4-18 years of age at Sunland Dance School located in El Paso, TX. She has also taught collegiate ballroom dance classes at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. In 2014 Heather was contracted to teach a 3 week dance course as part of the physical education program at Radford School – the top ranked private school in El Paso. She also choreographed the 4th grade (2014) and 6th grade (2015) dance routines for May Fete held annually at Radford School. She has also collaborated with the Youth Opera of El Paso to choreograph ‘The Crab Tango’ and ‘Beach Walk’ for the 2014 premier of “Searching the Painted Sky” in New York City. Aside from teaching youth and competitive students Heather has also been successful at implementing dance as a form of innovative therapy for those living with mental and physical disabilities, including amputees and PTSD patients. Heather currently competes and performs Pro-Am with her students Heather’s passion is ballroom dance and being able to share that passion with others. Heather is dedicated to inspiring her students to fulfill their dance dreams, no matter how big or small they may be.
Chicago Dance Latin & Ballroom School founded in 1976, attracts people from all cultures, ages, and backgrounds.
Chicago Dance offers Ballroom and Latin dance lessons. We teach private lessons and group classes for all kinds of dances, including Swing, Argentine Tango, Nightclub, Salsa, and Waltz, and work with all different levels of students. Our space is also available for special events such as weddings, birthdays, and parties.
The energetic, friendly atmosphere makes for a pleasant learning experience, and students are taught by highly-trained professionals ensuring that each student gains knowledge to feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor.
We are passionate about getting people who have never danced before to try out dancing. Our instructors teach based on their positive attitude, dance experience and their ability and desire to teach others how to dance. This allows for a fun environment as well as high quality instruction. We try to match students with a teacher who meets their needs.
Chicago Dance instructors are certified and have membership in professional dance organizations such as the National Dance Council of America. Many teachers have experience as competing or performing professionals in addition to Bachelors and Masters degrees. There is ongoing instruction for instructors at Chicago Dance, and certification examinations in all styles is an important part of their goal.
In addition to our focus on social dancing, Chicago Dance is also the training ground for several United States National Amateur and Pro/Am Champions and Finalists in Latin, Rhythm, Cabaret and Theatre Arts.