Sierra Heller was born and raised in Durango, Colorado. Since fourth grade, she was on a competitive ballet team through her home studio. In addition to competing and performing, she taught numerous ballet classes during high school. Sierra spent her senior year studying with the Pre- Professional program of the Colorado Ballet Academy under the direction of Valerie Madonia, while maintaining academic excellence. Before entering the Professional Track Program at State Street Ballet, Sierra attended numerous summer intensives with Telluride Dance Academy, Brigham Young University’s Ballet Division, the Jillana School, American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Met, and most recently Orlando Ballet. She has also trained with Ballet Arizona, Boulder Ballet, and Ballet West. Sierra is excited to return as an instructor at Gustafson Dance and as a Professional Track Trainee with State Street Ballet.