Legacy Ballet Faculty
Legacy Ballet requires that our instructors follow the same teaching philosophy, and we strive on keeping communication open between the dancers, their families, and our staff. It is important to maintain this as our dancers continue to grow and progress through their training.
Meet the Legacy Ballet Faculty
Heather HillStudio Owner/Director, Ballet Instructor
Heather began dancing 30+ years ago under the instruction of Tom Irwin at Corvallis School of Ballet then later with Shelly Svoboda when it became Regional School of Ballet. At the age of 11, she began to study with the Eugene School of Ballet under Toni Pimble, Riley Grannan, Susan Zadoff, and Sarah Lombardi. She spent two winter seasons dancing the role of “Clara” on tour with the Eugene Ballet Company. Her training as a dancer was not limited to Ballet, and included training in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Character, and Partnering with summer dance intensives at Eugene Dance Pursuit, Ballet Aspen, Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet, and JoAnna Kneeland & Mary Price Boday’s Dance Kinesiology. Heather worked for 10 years in the medical field as a Certified Medical Assistant and also a PT aide, working with specialists in orthopedics and physical medicine. Her training there has developed her knowledge of body mechanics and how the body should move while dancing. While teaching, Heather has also continued her dance education and has participated in the David Howard teachers’ seminar. Heather still continues to dance, when she has a chance, and will occasionally be seen performing on stage with her dancers. Heather teaches many of the Ballet classes through out the week, as well as working on the studio’s next big project. Heather resides in Albany with her husband, Brandon and her daughter, Rebekah. Heather feels that every dance instructor in her past has taken part in giving her a wonderful gift, one that she loves passing on to aspiring dancers.
Rachel BliegeBallet Instructor and Office Staff
Rachel has been dancing for about 14 years. She started dancing at 4 years old at Albany Parks and Recreation taking ballet classes. After that, she did gymnastics until she found dance was her true passion. At age 8, when Legacy Ballet opened, she joined a ballet class and has been dancing here ever since. Over the years at Legacy, she has learned many styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. She also has been in the competition program with Legacy Ballet for the past couple years. After graduating from WAHS this past June, she is now studying at Western Oregon University/OHSU to become a nurse, but is very excited to be continuing at Legacy by teaching dance to young dancers!
Audrey BrandisTumbling Instructor
Audrey is a freshman at Oregon State. She did gymnastics until she was 16 and reached level 9 when an injury led to her retirement. She now practices cheer. Audrey also enjoys other activities such as hiking and skiing. She is studying to become a forest engineer and is considering a minor is public policy.
Grace ComerTap Instructor
Grace started dancing at the age of 2 at Studio One Dance Academy in Clackamas, OR. At 6, she then started competing for the company as a SODA Pop. She competed at the National level till the age of 10 and then moved to Scappoose, OR. Once in Scappoose, she started dancing at OPAS and for the grade school dance team, The Next Step. Once in middle school, Grace participated on dance team for the Scappoose Vision in the Making. In high school she continued dance team with The Vision Dancers and during her senior year auditioned and was selected for the 2018 OSAA All State Dance Team. Currently Grace is dancing for the Western Oregon Dance Team and continuing her dance education as well.
Kily GilbertTumbling Instructor
Kily is a Junior at Oregon State University majoring in Kinesiology with an athletic training option and minoring in Spanish. Growing up, Kily participated in competitive gymnastics at Umpqua Valley Gymnastics for 8 years and currently is the Level 3 head coach at Peak Elite .
Rebekah HillContemporary, Hip Hop and Competition Dance Instructor and Office Staff
Rebekah has danced since she was able to walk, and tumbled even earlier than that. While she has many years of dance training, in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary, gymnastics is her first true love. After spending 11 years as a gymnast herself, even competing on a regional level, Bekah has focused the last two years on coaching gymnastics at Oregon State Gymnastics Academy while attending Western Oregon State University as a Psychology Major and Dance Minor, and spending time helping us develop our tumbling program. Bekah will be transferring to Oregon State University in the Fall of 2018. When not in the gym coaching gymnasts how to tumble on the floor, swing on the bars, balance on beams or throw themselves across the vault, Bekah can be seen at the studio helping build her family’s Legacy. Bekah is excited to spend more time in the studio teaching dance, and allow herself time to be creative with choreography again.
Alyssa MarstallHip Hop Assistant Instructor
Alyssa started dancing at Legacy Ballet when she was 5 years old where she did Ballet for 3 years. From the moment she started dancing she knew it was her passion. Wanting to explore more than ballet, she then went onto dance at Sole Expressions dance studio for 8 years and trained in many different styles such as, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip Hop. Alyssa was apart of their competition groups and competed many different solos, duos, trios, and group routines for 6 years. Alyssa has went to many different dance Conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop and Jump Dance and has worked and took classes with many different famous choreographers and dancers. Alyssa went to LA and took class at Millennium Dance Complex and PlayGround LA as well. When she got into high school she joined the Cheer Team and Has Won 4 State Championships as well as made the OCCA Cheer All-State Team 3 years in a row. Her junior year of high school she joined the dance team and has went to many different camps with her team such as Thunderbird dance camp where she was selected to be apart of their All-Star Team twice and has been selected as Miss Thunderbird of the camp as well as auditioned and made the DDCA All-State team. Alyssa is getting ready to attend The University Of Oregon where she will be studying Psychology. She was also asked to attend the Oregon Cheerleading Training Camp to earn a spot on Oregon’s Cheer Team. Alyssa is looking forward to growing more as a Dancer and Teacher with Legacy!
Kristin MillerJazz, Ballet and Competition Dance Instructor and Office Staff
Kristin started dancing at the age of 3, after watching a ballet class that her sister was taking, and has danced ever since. She has trained at many studios in the Albany/Corvallis area, including Regional School of Ballet, Corvallis Academy of Ballet, Albany Dance Academy, and most recently, Legacy Ballet. While dancing with Legacy throughout middle and high school, Kristin participated in many performances, including Eugene Ballet Company’s and Legacy Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” She also was a captain of the West Albany Hi-Steppers dance team, was chosen for the 2014 5A All-State Dance Team as well as the Thunderbird Dance Camp All-Star Team, and received a college scholarship through the Dance and Drill Coaches Association. She now attends Western Oregon University, and has been very involved in the dance department there. She was awarded a dance scholarship through WOU and the “Outstanding New Dancer” award. Kristin has performed in WOU’s Spring Dance Concert 3 years in a row, as well as taking classes in Advanced Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African, Improvisation, Dance Composition, and Ballet History. She was chosen to attend and perform at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference at both the University of Wyoming and the University of Oregon. In the Fall of 2016, Kristin attended the University of Roehampton in London, England through a direct exchange program and took classes in Ballet and Limon technique. Kristin has now graduated WOU with her B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Dance and hopes to use this degree to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy, while still maintaining a passion for dance and overall health. She is very happy to still be a part of the Legacy Ballet family after many years!
Mary SalasTumbling Instructor
Mary began gymnastics at 8 years old, and started competing at age 10 at Tri County Gymnastics. Through high school she ran track & field, cross country, and worked her way up through level 8 gymnastics when an injury led her to quit competing. Mary has been coaching both recreational and competitive level gymnastics in the Albany/Salem area for the last 8 years. She went to college at Linn Benton and Oregon State University. Currently a full-time caregiver, she loves her dogs and beautiful bunny, Raven. She enjoys yoga, the outdoors, poetry, lifestyle photography, and modeling in her free time. A dream of Mary’s is to one day travel the 50 states in an RV.
She is a firm believer in taking each day as it comes and for now, is going with the flow!
We love what we do
We love to dance. We are trained in what we do, and are happy to share our training and our love of dance with others. We all have a vast number of dance teachers behind us, and what they passed to us, and what we pass along to you, is all part of the Legacy.