About Heidi Malnar

Heidi Malnar began her tap training in Nashville, Tennessee with Debbie Belue. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and while in Chicago she became a company member of Chicago Tap Theatre under the direction of Mark Yonally. She later went on to become a company member of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, under the direction of Billy Siegenfeld, where she won an Emmy Award for her performance in the multi-Emmy Award winning documentary “Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There.”

Heidi relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana in 2010 and has been working to create a tap dance scene and opportunities for both local and visiting tap dancers, improvisers and choreographers ever since. She has taught at Tulane University, Jazz City Tap Festival, and is currently on faculty at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

In 2013, she founded Theatre on Tap, a performance and educational company featuring local professional and pre-professional tap dancers. To date, Theatre on Tap has produced six full-length productions, including Love Taps, Hoofing for Heroes, and Neutral Ground  in addition to performing at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. 

Heidi is also the founder and primary instructor of HEIDITAPS, a community educational program that offers weekly classes in tap technique and improvisation, as well as monthly tap jams.

In addition, she is the resident choreographer at BB’s Stage Door Canteen at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans since 2014. Heidi has won five New Orleans Arts & Entertainment Big Easy Awards for her work with Theatre on Tap, as well as theatrical choreography in the city of New Orleans. 

Heidi is a firm believer in being a life-long student in the art of tap dancing and tap pedagogy. She attends tap festivals and workshops annually to continue her professional development, and most recently completed the Level 1 Copasetic Canon Curriculum and holds a Tap Teacher Training Certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve the art of tap dancing in the birthplace of jazz. Rhythm is a universal language, and tap dancing is accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience.  We offer classes, workshops and tap jams year-round with the hopes of engaging our unique musical community of New Orleans, Louisiana in shared rhythm-making and dance.

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