Personal profile


Heike Salzer is a German dance artist fluidly operating in performance, choreography and site specific screendance. Her work is seeking to discover the unseen, the in-betweenness and the things that are in transformation. She sees the body as a place of inquiry utilising the visceral experience of tuning into the environment as a way to inform, reveal and reflect on place and emotional geographies of individuals, communities and society.

Heike has lived and worked in several countries and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Dance Professional Practice at the University of Roehampton, where she convenes the MFA Dance and Embodied Practice, teaches on UG and PG degrees, and supervises PhD Practice as Research projects.

Under the name of Salts she collaborates with international artists and her screendances have been invited to numerous festivals. In 2014 Heike founded the screendance company WECreate Productions together with Ana Baer (US/MX) jointly directing screendances and multi-media performances.

A recent research interest is the field of Ludochoreology-The study of the art of movement in games, together with Deborah Williams. 

She is the secretary of the board and European liaison of the International Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (US) and has been a curator of the festival since 2015. She co-directed and produced Tees Dance Film Fest (UK) in 2015+16 including tours to Mexico and the United States.​

Heike has been a faculty member at the conservatoires Fontys Dance Academy, ArtEZ Dance Academy, Stedelijk Lyceum (NL) and The Icelandic Ballet School (IS). She chaired the dance department at Teesside University (UK) from 2008-2017 and has been invited to teach and choreograph at international institutions such as Dancehallerne (DK), University of Malta (MT), Texas State University (US), Slippery Rock University (US), Appalachian State University (US), the Icelandic Dance Company (ICE) and Michoacán University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo (MEX).

Heike graduated as a certified Anna Herrmann Gymnastic teacher in Germany, trained at ArtEZ-Dance Academy (NL) and holds a MA Choreography from the University of Leeds (GB) / Fontys Dance Academy, (NL). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a PhD by Completed Work by the University of Roehampton (UK).


PhD by Published Work, University of Roehampton (UK)

MA Choreography, University of Leeds (UK) /  Fontys Dans Academie (NL)

Dance Education / Dance Performance, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem (NL)

Certified Gymnastic Teacher (Gymnastilehrerin), Anna Herrmann Schule (GER)


Dance Practice, Screendance, Mediated Choreography, Dance and Embodied Practice, Dance Sustainability and the Environment, Choreography

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Secretary of the board - International Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (Boulder, USA)




Fb: @saltsart

instagram : saltsart

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Wanderlust in Screendance - The body in landscape


MA Choreography




Anna Herrmann Gymnastiklehrerin


External positions

External Examiner Master of Arts Dance Studies, University of Malta

12 Oct 2023 → …

External Examiner - MA Screendance, University of the Arts London

1 Mar 2023 → …

External Examiner- MA Screendance, London Contemporary Dance School

30 Sept 202031 Aug 2024

External Examiner, BA Dance, University of Chester

1 Sept 2020 → …

Secretary, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

2018 → …

External Examiner, BA Dance in the Community & BA Dance and Physical Education, University of Worcester


Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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