Heather Mitchell has been an African diasporic dance performing artist in the Kalamazoo community for almost 10 years. She continues to perform with the Rhythm Life Collective formally known as Dunuya Drum and Dance. Her work also includes choreography at Western Michigan University, teaching artist with Education for the Arts, as well as several collaborations including Women Empowering Women, Freedom Schools, Caring Network, Wellspring Cori Terry Dancers, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.
As a dance artist Heather has facilitated numerous workshops and classes that sought to connect people of various backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and abilities to the cultural knowledge, pure joy, and sense of community that African diasporic dance brings. She believes that dance is the language of the spirit and is meant to be shared with her community!