The Rockettes are known for their glamour, precision, and determination to be the best. Company member and UA alumna Danni Heverin exemplifies each of these, one eye-high kick at a time.
To become one of the Rockettes, Heverin danced for her life against 400 of the best dancers in the world. After several audition cycles, Heverin was cast in the 80-person dance group, but, surprisingly, her favorite performances haven’t taken place in the troupe’s famed Radio City Music Hall.
Her favorite memory is performing with the Rockettes for the Rockefeller Tree Lighting, which was televised all over the world.
“It was amazing to do that on a national scale and show the world who the Rockettes are,” Heverin said. “The fact that I could do that and show the people watching at home who we are was a magical moment.”
Though Heverin will keep dancing with the company as long as she can, she says she would one day like to educate aspiring dancers. Currently, she teaches masterclasses, but says she would one day like to get her master’s degree and teach full-time.
“Teaching allows me not only to be creative and dig deep into my creative side, but it’s also so rewarding,” Heverin said. “It’s great that I can share my knowledge and experience with younger generations and even people my age; it’s definitely rewarding.”
While she is still high-kicking with the Rockettes, Heverin has made the move into entrepreneurship, opening her own creative space in Atlanta. DH Studios is a creative space with dance and photography studios, as well as private outdoor spaces. The studio is available for rehearsal space, audition taping, photoshoots, and even one-on-one lessons and consultations with Heverin herself.
In addition to opening her new space, Heverin has kept busy booking a number of television series and movies. Heverin performed as a featured dancer in Love, Simon and Honey: Rise Up and Dance, and booked acting roles in the television series Relatable, Step Up: High Water, and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.