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Happy Feet Ballet

~ by Dagmar Reinhard

“Happy Feet was what my grandfather used to call me”, Heather says.

In 1997, she moved from San Diego, CA, to Lagunas, Costa Rica, with her family. At just 6 years of age, she was accepted by the Contemporary Dance Company Klee L’Adonai, in San Diego.

Over the following years, while being homeschooled, she travelled the whole world receiving coaching by world-class Ballet and Contemporary professionals from Russia, Japan, United States, Canada, and England. Her parents were not rich and she helped to have her expensive costumes made by selling her paintings, convincing people that her aim was very clear: she was to become a great ballet dancer.

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With the “company”, she travelled Europe, including Poland, the country of her family’s origins.

During Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government, they toured Israel, gave a presentation for him, and then at the Burn Center was applauded by disfigured burn patients; some stood up and joined the dance gratefully. Heather’s contemporary ballet dance is very contagious. After living in Canada for 4 years to attend the Royal Conservatory Of Music for Violin, she came back to her beloved Dominical. 

Counting on the unconditional support of her husband Zane and family, she created the Happy Feet Dance & Ballet Studio that is now at Starlight Studio on the second floor of the Patrón’s Building in Dominical. Besides teaching students from Quepos, San Isidro, and Costa Ballena, she wants to give At-Risk Dominical kids a chance to boost their self-esteem and even possibly become professional dancers or have a career in dance. Happy Feet is about creating, giving, and receiving opportunities; whether the ambitions are professional or recreational, those dreams can come true.

If you feel identified with Heather’s work and want to help create jobs in the area, she needs support to pay the salary for two dance instructors, which are already perfectly trained to make more little feet happy! 

INFO: Heather Gamewell (Director of Happy Feet and Starlight Studio)–

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