Heidi was in the audience for So You Think You Can Dance for the July 11, 2007 performance show, as she and her cousin Benji Schwimmer choreographed the dance that Sara and Pasha did.
As of 2006, Heidi (with her dance partner and cousin, Benji) has appeared on Sábado Gigante 15 times; this is the longest running television show, and is a mix of a variety and game show.
Although Heidi was technically in competition with her cousin and long-time dance partner, Benji, for the finale of So You Think You Can Dance, the two of them didn't feel that it was a competition. They had previously agreed to share the money should either one of them win.
In 2003, Heidi was participating in a dance competition in England, however, she received incorrect information regarding the visa that she would require to enter the country and was turned back.
Heidi attended college, majoring in Communications at three different institutes: Orange Coast College, Cal State San Bernardino, and University of Redlands.
Although she was living in New Jersey at the time, Heidi did not audition for So You Think You Can Dance on the east coast; she missed that audition so that she (and co-contestant Dmitry Chaplin) could compete in the National Amateur Ballroom Dance Championships. Both Heidi and Dmitry auditioned for the show in South Carolina instead.
Heidi is the youngest of a family of four; she has two brothers and a sister.
Heidi withdrew from college in order to move to New Jersey so that she would be closer to the dance coaches she wanted to learn from, as well as being closer to her dance partner at the time.
Aside from dancing with cousin and So You Think You Can Dance? co-contestant Benji Schwimmer, Heidi has also danced with co-contestant Dmitry Chaplin. They danced as a couple in various competitions from September, 2005 to May, 2006.
Heidi has formally studied various styles of dance; she studied jazz and tap dancing for 21 years; ballroom and latin dancing for 10 years; and West Coast Swing dancing for 17 years.
Heidi has been teaching dance and choreographing since she was 14 years old.
Heidi placed fourth in the second season finale of So You Think You Can Dance?.
Heidi's other talents include playing the piano and she has also done some acting.
As of the summer of 2006, Heidi resides in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.
Heidi competed in the US Open (Young America Division) five times, from 1990 to 1994, all with So You Think You Can Dance co-contestant, Benji Schwimmer. They won in 1991 and were in the top four the other years.
Heidi has won three US Open Swing Dance Championships, (Showcase Division) in 2001, 2002, and 2005, all with her cousin, So You Think You Can Dance co-contestant, Benji Schwimmer.
Heidi's favorite professional dancer is Gaynor Fairweather.
Heidi is cousins with fellow SYTYCD contestant Benji Schwimmer. They are both in the final 4 of the show's second season.
(her dance philosophy)
Heidi: With practice and hard work, nothing is impossible.
Heidi: Everybody likes to dance — and if they say they hate it, they only hate it because they don't think they can do it.
Heidi: Dancing is all mental. With everything in life, it seems to be about staying focused. If you want to make something happen, you can make it happen and that's what I continue to tell everyone I teach.
Heidi (on her favorite dancer, Gaynor Fairweather): I will never forget the way I felt when I first saw her dance. I was only twelve or thirteen...I promised myself that I would do what ever it takes to become the type of dancer that would have the effect on people. She is the only dancer that has ever moved me to tears.
Heidi: One experience I will never forget was when I won the US Championship in Swing for the first time. It was great because we [Heidi and partner Benji Schwimmer] were the youngest champions ever to win and no one thought we could do it.