40 Years and Counting

The History of Heartwood in the Hills


1982
• Heartwood Dance Center is incorporated as a non-profit school for the arts.
• Heartwood Dance Center name is changed to Heartwood in the Hills in 1996.
1983
• Fall and Winter programs in dance for adults and children’s classes.
1984
• Fall program featuring classes in Jazz, Theatre Dance and Breakdancing.
1985
• Spring program for children and teens.
• Two-week Summer program.
• Fall program for children, teens and adults.
• Three Fridays Mask Class
• Master Movement for Health and Centering Class - Calhoun Middle/High School
• “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” - A Puppet Children’s Show for all ages.
1986
• Spring and Summer programs for children, teens and adults.
• May Workshops with guest musicians.
• Summer Children’s show “Red, Yellow, Blue” - A Musical Masked Fantasy.
• Winter Program for Adults.
1987
• Spring and Summer programs for children, teens and adults.
• Children’s Art Workshop.
• Fall Children’s show “Red, Yellow, Blue II”.
• Series of Theatre Dance classes.
1988
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Goldie and the Magic Scissors” - A Musical Fairy Tale.
1989
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Goldie’s Dream” - A Musical Fairy Tale.
1990
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Broken Bough” - A Child Labor Piece.
• “The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore” - a Heartwood Dance Center and Larry Parson’s
     Chorale collaboration.
1991
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Summer Theatre Camp
• “Negrito” - A Mask By Jude Binder.
1992
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
1993
• Spring and fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Song of the Sidewalk” - A Child Homeless Piece.
• First December Celebration.
1994
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Children’s Festival” - A Masked Pageant of the Seasons.
• Visit by Jane Alexander then Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
• First Wood Festival Parade - “Spectacle of the Seasons”.
• 2nd Annual December Celebration.
1995
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.

• Wood Festival Parade
• Summer Theatre Intensive
• “Peace Festival (Children’s Memorial)”.
• “An Afternoon With Heartwood” - Roane County High School.
• Day long workshop with the Governor’s School for the Arts at Heartwood
1996
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Boot Dance - “Poetry In Motion” - Charleston Cultural Center.
• Annual Wood Festival Parade
• Annual December Celebration.
1997
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Annual Wood Festival
• Glenville Folk Festival Parade
• Day long workshop with the Governor’s School for the Arts at Heartwood
• Annual December Celebration - “Honoring Barbara Anderson”.
1998
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Heartwood in the Hills hosts Energy Express 4th week/
• Annual Wood Festival.
• Annual December Celebration.
1999
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Heartwood in the Hills performs for retiring Benedum Foundation Chairman Paul Jenkins and
   then Gov. Cecil Underwood at the Cultural Center in Charleston.
• Annual Wood Festival
• Annual December Celebration
2000
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Didgeredoo Workshop
• Host to the First International Conference on Aging.
• Guest Speaker Edith Bell - a Holocaust Survivor.
• Annual Wood Festival.
• Annual December Celebration.
2001
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Annual Wood Festival.
• Annual December Celebration.
2002
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Wood Festival - Carnival of the Animals.
• Visiting artists - New York arts Julie Peppito and WV Artist Ilene Evans.
• 20th Anniversary Celebration
• 10th Annual December Celebration
• Two winter workshops in dance technique.
2003
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Heartwood in the Hills collaboration with the Appalachian Children’s Choir to present “La
   Lluvia” at the Calhoun County Festival of Voices..
• Hosts Introduction to Yoga with Dr. Rick Magle
• Hosts Level I Taichi with Linda Jones
• Wood Festival
• Heartwood School Tour
2004
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Lights On” performance Calhoun Middle High School.
• Wood Festival Street Performance and School Tour

• December Celebration - “Eyes, Ears, Legs, Arms” - An African fairy tale.
2005
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
2006
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Dancing for You! School Tour.
• December Celebration.
2007
• Free Heartwood in the Hill Classes through a Dept. of Justice Grant
• Wood Festival Street Performance and Dancing for You 2 School Tour/
• Three Fridays in July.
• Art on the Move with Carli Mareneck
• Acting Workshop with Ilene Evans,
• What is Theatre with Jude Binder.
• December Celebration “Look Back - Dream Forward” with guests Ilene Evans, Ginny Hawker,
   Elaine Wine, Gideon Kendall.
2008
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Airbourne Festival with Gary Auerbach. - A day of juggling, frisbees and celebration.
• Art Dance Theatre Workshops for Energy Express with Carli Mareneck and Ilene Evans.
• School Tour “Kaleidoscope” at Calhoun County Middle High School and Heartwood in the
Hills.
• December Celebration “Kaleidoscope”.
2009
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• School Tour - Dancing for You and Masked Parade - Calhoun County Middle/High School.
• December Celebration - West Virginia Child - Poem by Jeanne Wilson, performed by Ilene Evans and Heartwood in the       Hills Dance students.
2010
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Here Comes the Sun” - Open House, Gala and “Stuff of Dreams Art Exhibit “, with performances by Heartwood in the          Hills students.
• December Celebration - “The Great Blueness” - A story of color and diversity.
2011
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• The Last December Celebration.
2012
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Day long Ballet workshop with students of January Johnson.
• Open House for Performing Arts Program students - “Salutations”.
2013
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• “Light and Shadows” Art Workshop with Gideon Kendall.
• “Springtime Gala 2013” School tour
• Open House for Performing Arts Program students.
2014
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Start-up postponed by one week.
2015
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• School tour “SPRINGALA 2015”
• Open House for Performing Arts Program students.
2016
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Street Performance at Wood Festival Parade with students and Heartwood Alumni
• Fall showcase of student work.
2017

• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• Wood Festival Street Performance.
• Interactive theatre performance of “The Great Blueness” at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
• Heartwood in the Hills hosts a day long workshop with Fairmont State College Acting Students.
• Fall showcase of student work.
2018
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults
• “SPRINGALA 2018” School tour.
• Heartwood in the Hills hosts - “Gather Hear Tour”
• Fall showcase of student work.
2019
• Spring and Fall programs for children, teens and adults.
• Heartwood in the Hills participates in the Calhoun County Schools Youth/Teen Interest/Issues day.
• Heartwood in the Hills students present “Ears, Eyes, Legs and Arms” for the Wood Festival.
• Fall showcase of student work.
2020
• Spring and Fall Programs for children, teens and adults.
2021

  • Virtual Projects: Illene Evans – Hanna’s Hog; What is Dance?; Masks

2022

  • Spring – virtual projects Illene Evans reads “The Fall of General Custard or the Overthrow of a Leftover” and What is Dance?

  • Fall – Autumn on the Meadow: A program of FREE weekend classes, workshops and events.

  • Heartwood celebrates 40 years!