∆ndi ∆bern∆thy + Steph∆nie Ruch
HE∆RTLINES Dance Company is professional, contemporary, dance company offering Kansas City and surrounding areas with artistic, relatable and current contemporary dance showcased in a professional concert setting.
In addition to cultivating professional dancers and bringing raw, real and riveting dance to Kansas City, HE∆RTLINES Dance Company fosters community activity through performance, instruction, and education.
As dancers who grew up training and performing in Kansas City, Andi Abernathy and Stephanie Ruch identified dance as their personal heartline; their reason for being, what keeps them feeling alive, and now they want to share their passion with their community.
Andi and Stephanie were born in raised in Kansas City, Missouri. They, as sisters, have had a tight-knit bond between them their whole lives, and a true passion for the art of dance. The both grew up training in greater Kansas City and then went on to further their education and pursue dance degrees in Modern Dance as graduates of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. They have been rewarded on numerous occasions for their innovative, dynamic, emotional choreography both on a regional and national level. They have had the privilege of teaching for many outstanding companies all over Kansas City including the Kansas City Ballet, UMKC, and Defy Dance Project. They have also choreographed works for “A Modern Night at the Folly,” Kansas City Ballet “New Moves,” “Dance in the Park,” KC Fringe Festival – “Synergy,” Soul de Soul Dance Convention, “Open Stage at the J”, and have been featured on KCPT’s “Arts Upload” television show. They have trained many dancers throughout their careers that have gone on to become very successful artists who are a part of such programs as NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Chapman University, Pace University, and the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Andi & Stephanie have identified dance as their personal heartline; their reason for being, what keeps them feeling alive, and now they want to share their passion with their community. They are so honored and thrilled to be able to explore their choreographic passion as Co-Artistic Directors of HEARTLINES Dance Company.