Staff & Faculty



Hollis Mackintosh Heid (Director)
Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Pilates

Hollis Mackintosh Heid (NPD Director) began her training with Delia Foley, A.R.A.D. at Ballet Arts in Clarks Mills, NY. She attended Butler University, performing lead roles with Butler Ballet and the Indianapolis Opera before graduating in 2002 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Arts Administration. While at Butler, she danced with the Chamber Dance Project in NYC and Georgia National Ballet in Tblisi, Republic of Georgia. Following graduation, she joined Louisville Ballet as a company member and the faculty of the Louisville Ballet School as the Outreach Coordinator. She has performed with Cincinnati Ballet, Augusta Ballet and Northern Plains Ballet dancing roles in works by Fredrick Franklin, Lars Lubovitch, Peter Powlus, Merce Cunningham, Andre Prokovsky, Val Caniparoli, Ron Cunningham, and George Balanchine. As Director of Northern Plains Dance, she has choreographed eight original dance pieces for Choreographers’ Showcase and Dance+, restaged Act II of Paquita, Swan Lake, and Giselle, and overseen eight performances of The Nutcracker and eight spring productions. Ms. Mackintosh Heid is proud to have the opportunity to celebrate her 10th anniversary season as Director of Northern Plains Dance. 

Mackenzie Schmaltz (Marketing Manager)

Mackenzie has been the Marketing Manager at Northern Plains Dance since January of 2010. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Mackenzie took a job at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and found her passion for marketing. Although not a dancer herself, Mackenzie is a lifelong lover of the arts, having been a member of UND’s Concert Choir for 4 years along with various other choral and instrumental groups in the cities of Bismarck, Grand Forks and Bottineau. As the Marketing Manager, Mackenzie enjoys sharing Northern Plains Dance’s activities with the Bismarck/Mandan community.
Katherine Adams (Education Coordinator)
Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz

Born and raised surrounded by mountains in the San Luis Valley near Monte Vista, Colorado, Katherine Adams began her dance training under the direction of a former Radio City Ballet performer, Beverly Mozzetti. Her experience and training there led her to the University of Wyoming where she has recently received her BFA in Dance Performance with a Minor in Business. During her college career, she has performed in numerous pieces including D-Man in the Waters set by the Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Company, Ride the Culture Loop and Nutcracker. She also attended the annual summer dance programs and choreographed for student and senior productions. Katherine has trained in aerial dance, and spent four months in London taking dance classes while observing the British culture. In her final year at UW, she was Vice President and Treasurer of the Associated Students of the Performing Arts and worked with choreographing for a production using dance and camera projection.
Laura Devlin (Studio Administrator)

Laura graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in theatre performance, and extensive credits onstage in the Kansas City area. Originally from Lawrence, KS, Laura moved to Bismarck in 2015 and has quickly found a home in the arts community, acting, directing, and stage managing at Dakota Stage, performing with Capitol Shakespeare, providing dialect coaching for productions at Bismarck State College, and serving on the board of Dakota Stage. Some favorite past roles include Daisy in The Great Gatsby, Rebecca in Elegies for Angles, Punks, and Raging Queens (directed by Broadway veteran Bill Russell), Helen in Trojan Women which premiered in Oiniades, Greece and Rosalind in As You Like It. Laura recently finished the arts administration program at the University of Connecticut, and is thrilled to join the staff at Northern Plains Dance to put her knowledge to use and to share her passion for the arts with the Bismarck/Mandan community.

Jamie Vadnal (Instructor)
Ballet, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom

Jamie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Akron with a double major in Dance and Strategic/Organizational Communications. She was born in Willoughby, Ohio and began dancing at The Fine Arts Association at the age of 3. While attending The University of Akron, she choreographed, performed, and taught classes in multiple styles of dance and served as President of Akron’s competitive ballroom dance team. Jamie’s dance adventures led her to a summer internship with The Vail Valley Foundation in Colorado for their International Dance Festival where she took master classes in all styles of dance. Jamie has also performed with The University of Akron Dance Company and The Walt Disney Company in Walt Disney World. She is so excited to begin her newest adventure with Northern Plains Dance!


Jamie Arnold
Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical

Jamie is a performing artist, dance and yoga educator from Rhode Island with ten years of experience in creative business. She has extensive teaching experience leading a variety of movement classes and has worked with talent of all age ranges from children to adults. Jamie has been fortunate to share her dance knowledge with such organizations as AS220, Chance to Dance, Festival Ballet, Trinity Repertory School, Dean College, the Lincoln School and Hendricken High School. She has danced with Aerplaye Dance Company, Ali Kenner Brodsky & co., Betsy Miller Dance Projects and many more independent choreographers from the New England area. Jamie is happy to be a part of the community at Northern Plains Dance.