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 seventh 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. Mr. Bandy has choreographed several original works for Terpsicorps including the duet Yin/Yang in 2013, Half Past Never set to music by stephaniesid, On the Inside, a celebration of everyone’s inner child set to the music of Vivaldi, and last season's softloud. 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. bandywoodworks.com.
Estelle Woodward Arnal (Managing Director) brings over 16 years of experience working in the dance field for some of the most prestigious dance organizations in the country including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where she served as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving from 2012-2017 and Dance Theater Workshop where she was a Program Director from 2001-2009. Arnal has also worked as a consultant with a roster of clients that are widely recognized in the performing arts industry as innovators and leaders including the American Dance Festival, Stephen Petronio Company, , Kathy Westwater, Georgia Tech, and Big Dance Theater, among others. Arnal was co-founder and Artistic co-Director of Improvised and Otherwise, an annual festival for experimental music and dance in Brooklyn from 2002-2006. As a choreographer, her work has been presented at The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Roulette, and the Vision Collaborations Festival among others. Estelle received her BFA in dance from CalArts and an MFA in choreography from Bennington College. She currently resides in Asheville, NC with her husband, Jeff, and sons, Thomas and Ian.