Carla Crowen (Heiney)

Carla Crowen (Heiney) has been teaching Lindy Hop and other forms of Vintage swing dancing for over 20 years. She lays claim to some of the most prestigious competition titles including American Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Lindy Hop Champion, World Lindy Hop Champion, and International Lindy Hop Champion. She has also choreographed for the well-known and well-loved hit dance show, So You Think You Can Dance. In 2011 Carla was creative director for a new hit dance show featuring several full-sized orchestras and professional dancers entitled Let’s Dance which toured parts of the US and Canada.

She has traveled all over the world to share her passion for swing dancing and has performed on the prestigious stages of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to name a few.

Social dancing, teaching, and community wellness are all passions for Carla. She thinks that learning to dance is something everyone is capable of doing and that dance communities can be a valuable place to connect and grow as an individual. Her favorite things to explore in teaching and in working on dance for herself include personal self-expression and improvisation. She strives to share dance ideas in authentic ways and has been experimenting with combining her passion for movement in dance with her yoga training.

She has an amazing ability to communicate movement and partnering in her teaching and is an avid fan of having fun while learning.

There is something so unique in the art of social dancing—to be moved by music that sparks ideas and feelings and then be able to translate that into connection and communication with a partner feels quite magical and empowering. Carla truly believes that if more people found dance in their lives, the world would be a happier, healthier place to be.

Carla relocated to Pennsylvania from the San Francisco Bay a few years ago and has been working hard on creating a thriving dance community there through progressive classes, Rhythm Lounge Swing dance events, workshops, and community gatherings.

She hopes you will consider joining the Lindy Central family for some serious fun on the dance floor soon.