Heather Maloy is the founder, resident choreographer and artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She has created over 20 works for Terpsicorps including three full evening length ballets. Many of these included collaboration with musicians, composers, artists and projectionists. Heather received her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). She began her professional career when she joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) at the age of 17, making her at that time the youngest dancer to be hired as a full company member in NCDT’s history. Heather stayed for thirteen years, dancing principal and soloist roles. Mentored by NCDT artistic director, Salvatore Aiello, she choreographed her first professional work when she was only nineteen. After Aiello's death, his successor, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, commissioned her to create five more pieces for NCDT. Heather has also created two premieres for the Chautauqua Ballet, three ballets for the Nashville Ballet and one work each for the Wake Forest and Jacksonville College Dance Departments. She has participated in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Choreoplan 2002, the Ballet Nouveau Colorado 21st Century Choreography Competition in 2008 and the 2011 National Choreographer’s Initiative. She has also had the honor to return to UNCSA to create a new work for the Spring Dance program in 2008 and to stage her work “Le Suil Go…” for their 2007 alumni performance in Manteo, NC.
Christopher Bandy (Ballet Master) is pleased to return for his sixth year of coaching the beautiful artists of Terpsicorps after inheriting the position from his mentor Timothy Yeager in the 2011 season, when he served as ballet master and choreographic assistant for Heather Maloy’s gruesome tour de force Vampyre. In addition to tonight’s world premiere, Mr. Bandy has also choreographed several original works for Terpsicorps including the duet Yin/Yang in 2013, Half Past Never set to music by stephaniesid, and most recently On the Inside, a celebration of everyone’s inner child set to the music of Vivaldi. A part of Terpsicorps Theater of Dance since the beginning, Christopher danced each summer for 7 of the first 8 seasons. Some of his more memorable Terpsicorps Roles include the bowler-hat man in C-H-I-C-K-E-N, the stoner in Couch Potatoes, one of The Men, the dummy in Dummy, and of course the Mighty Hermaphrodite in Cabaret KiKi. In addition to Terpsicorps, Mr. Bandy danced with American Repertory Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Dance Alloy Theater. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Mollie and daughters Amelia and Sidra where he teaches ballet to the next generation of dancers at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and operates a custom woodworking business, BANDY Woodworks, because who needs free time. See more at bandywoodworks.com.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dayna Fox received her early dance training at Ballet Met. She also has studied in New York and at the North Carolina School of the Arts under such illustrious teachers as the late Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Mimi Paul, and David Howard.
In 1977, Ms. Fox joined the North Carolina Dance Theater, where she was a featured dancer through 1985. Under the direction of Robert Lindgren and Salvatore Aiello, NCDT performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe including appearances at Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the American Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.
During her tenure, Ms. Fox performed soloist and principal roles in an eclectic repertoire including such works as Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Pas de Dix, and Scotch Symphony, August Bournonville’s Napoli, Senta Driver’s Resettings, and Vicente Nebrada’s Pentimento.
In 1989, Ms. Fox was appointed director of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)’s Preparatory Dance Program, an after-school pre-professional training program, which prepares 3rd - 8th grade students for the School of Dance. During her 25 years as director, Ms. Fox trained hundreds of students for the School’s high school program, many whom have gone on to have illustrious careers in professional companies across the US and abroad.
Ms. Fox currently serves on the full-time ballet faculty for the UNCSA School of Dance and holds a B.F.A. in Dance from UNCSA.