Heather Sanders Fryxell received her early dance training with Mr. Thomas Armour. She attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University on a full tuition talent scholarship. During her educational experience, Ms. Fryxell danced extensively with both universities’ dance companies and toured the west as a guest artist. Ms. Fryxell then danced with the Atlanta Ballet before joining Southern Ballet Theatre (currently Orlando Ballet) as a principal dancer. During her eleven year tenure with the company, she also taught in the company’s school and served as a lecture demonstration coordinator, directing performances for over 20,000 Orange county school students. In her last year with Southern Ballet Theatre, Ms. Fryxell directed the School of Southern Ballet Theatre. She also created her own dance therapy program in which she volunteered her time to teach dance to adults with developmental challenges.
In 2000, Ms. Fryxell co-founded the Central Florida Ballet and the Ballet Academy of Central Florida. There she taught in and directed the school, directed the student company, developed her dance therapy program, and danced in the professional company.
Ms. Fryxell has danced the leads in all the great classics including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Carmen, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake. She has also performed extensively in contemporary works. Her accomplishments include competing in the International Ballet Competition in 1990, dancing at the International Ballet Festival in Cuba in 1992, earning degrees in English literature and educational psychology from Brigham Young University, and being honored with Honorary Alumna at Brigham Young and Heather Sanders Appreciation Day for the city of Orlando. Ms. Fryxell’s teaching career has spanned 3 decades, teaching ballet to students of all ages and skill level at many schools throughout the country. Ms. Fryxell has had many award-winning students who have won top honors at national and international ballet competitions and are now dancing in major companies in the US and abroad. She most recently came out of retirement to perform at the World Ballet Competition gala, where she also frequently serves as a judge.
Currently, Ms. Fryxell resides in Utah where she instructs the upper division and trainees for Ballet West Academy. Her greatest accomplishment is her eighteen-year-old daughter, Emmaline.