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About Becky Heist, Retired

Heist is the director of Macalester’'s Dance Program. Her graduate studies included work in theory and experiential learning with an emphasis in choreography and performance. As a Twin Cities choreographer and dancer for more than a decade, Heist’s experience includes modern dance, musical theater and opera. She has performed in the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, collaborated in the creation of a dance for the film, Life Gestures and served as a panelist on the Minnesota State Arts Board and Illinois Arts Council, awarding fellowships in choreography.
She has created work for the Christopher Watson Dance Company and has collaborated with five Twin Cities professional dancers and choreographer Jan Erkert from Chicago in the making of a documentary on the choreographic process and performance of a dance titled "Toward Lightness." She has also been a resident artist at the Institute for Choreogaphy and Dance in Cork, Ireland.
EDUCATION: BFA, University of Utah MFA, University of Illinois

Heist has been teaching at Macalester since 1980.


Present Dance Program Director, Theater and Dance, Macalester College

Research Interests


  • Dance Composition
  • Modern Dance Technique

Contact Information

Macalester College
Theater 111
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6329

Choreography (7)

Dramatic/ Dance Performances (11)