About Me


Heidi Weiss received her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts in 1992. She choreographed and performed with Group Motion, a Philadelphia based Company, from 1992-96. In 1997 she moved to Germany and founded Zen in the Basement Co., with Jennifer Mann. They have created many works together which have been presented in theaters and festivals in the EU and abroad. Heidi has been teaching various modern techniques for many years. Together with Jennifer Mann she has developed the weiss-mann technique*, which she continues to teach in workshops, festivals, private schools and at universities. Heidi was a professor at Palucca Schule Dresden from 2004-07.

She has been a guest artist in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University (USA), in addition she has been a guest at Duncan Conservatory in Prague, London Contemporary (the place) in London, SEAD in Salzburg and at the Danceworx in New Delhi and at the National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea, where she spent a semester as a guest professor. Furthermore, she has given training to many companies such as Sasha Waltz and DV8 and is currently a regular teacher for Toula Limnaios Company in Berlin.

Heidi has taught improvisation and contemporary dance in schools for TANZZEIT for over 10 years. She co leads the GROUP MOTION workshop with Jennifer Mann monthly for the past three years in Berlin.

She also gives training for professional dancers at Marameo Berlin, NRW in Düsseldorf and K3 in Hamburg. Heidi is a faculty member of USF Study abroad program Paris, she teaches technique and choreography tools.

From 2019-20 Heidi spent a semester as visiting professor at Folkwang University. Creating a new work on the students which premiered in the Pina Bausch Theater.

She is a regular guest teacher/ choreographer at Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance.






2014 - 2019





1999 - 2002

1999 - 2002


DIS-TANZ-SOLO (Research Stipend)


Chance Tanz - Kultur macht stark

American Embassy


Fonds Darstellende Kunst

Potsdamer Sparkasse

Kulturamt der Stadt Potsdam

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Land Brandenburg