Boston Metro Dance Teacher for over 20 Years

Alice Heller Dance


Alice Heller has been dancing for most of her life. Her focus for 2023 is on Nia, early movement education and beginning African dance. She has been working with children and adults for over 32 years. Starting with the classic dance genres, she moved into African dance in 1990 and studied seriously since the  performing and teaching.

Alice recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, grounding and empowerment and honors her elders and community. It is her honor to share the inspiration and movement foundation of these ancient traditions.Besides African-based dance and drumming, Alice's studies moved her to work with children in preschools and private class settings. She has taught jazz, creative movement, hip hop, improvisational dance and gymnastics and more recently internal martial arts and Nia. She earned her white belt Nia certificate in 2011 , Blue Belt August 2013 and Brown Belt August 2017 and Moving to Heal 2019.

Nia classes integrate dance, martial arts and the healing arts including yoga. Alice brings all modalities to her class making them unique and moving - internally as well as externally.

Teaching in the Metro Boston area until 2021 when she moved to Williamsburg, MA,  Alice shares her passion for connecting body/mind through classes, workshops and drum/dance circles. In addition to teaching adults, she still regularly offers music and movement classes to young children,  African dance to teens and adults, as well as weekly Nia and African dance classes on zoom and in her new studio in Williamsburg MA ; traveling to teach workshops in the W. MA, Boston area as well as private sessions.

A passionate student, performer, instructor and choreographer of West African dance starting 32 years ago. Alice has been a member of various dance groups in Boston including Aconcone, directed by Ibrahim Camara, Fatou N'Daiye, Astou Sanga as well as Under the Sun Dance and Drum led by Fatou Carol Sylla. Alice also dances with her own troupe Teriya that was formed in 2000 and performed for many events especially the Build a School in West Africa benefit concerts. Other influences come from teachers in the Boston and New England area including: Seydou Coulibaly, Fatou N’Daiye, Pape N'Daiye, Marilyn Middleton Sylla,  Joh Camara, Marie Basse Wiles , as well as Guinea’s Youssouf Koumbassa among others. She also has studied drumming mostly with Moussa Traore.

Alice enjoys sharing and igniting the passion of others through classes, workshops and drum/dance circles throughout Massachusetts. She now lives in Western Ma. and has her own studio.

2016 article published in the Lincoln Journal, click on this link to read.


Teacher of African dance, Nia and Children's classes in the Boston Metro area for over 25 years.

Classes include body isolations, dance steps, choreography and songs. Experience a great workout in a spirited and supportive environment.


Alice Heller Dance
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