Hetty King

Hetty King (BFA, MFA, MA, CMA, RSDE, RYT200, TT®) is a native New Yorker. She has been a part of the NYC dance and performance world as a performer, choreographer, dance educator, writer and scholar since she graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in 1982. Her work has been presented in NYC and across Canada. As a performer Hetty danced in the company of numerous choreographers; Ralph Lemon and David Dorfman to name a few. Hetty has been working in the field of dance education since 2000, as a teaching artist and as a licensed NYS Dance Educator. She has worked in both public and private schools primarily with grades PreK-5, developing dance programs that focus on creative movement and student-driven choreography. As a devoted student of the late somatic movement pioneer, Nancy Topf Hetty has nurtured a deep love of the somatic arts as they relate to dance, embodiment, and the education of the whole child. Ms. King is under contract to complete Ms.Topf’s posthumous manuscript “Anatomy of Center – a guidebook to the Topf Technique®”. She is a student in the EdD Dance Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on early childhood and somatics, and is training with Susan Bauer towards certification as an Embodiment in Education® educator and facilitator. Currently, she is a teaching artist with Third Street Music Settlement, the 92St Y, DEL, and is a member of the PreK CREATE project. She is a teaching associate at the Speyer Legacy School, a K-8 school for gifted students in NYC. King lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a theatre technician at the Metropolitan Opera, their two adopted daughters, an international High School student from China, and their cat Clyde.