When asked to jump in late to be a contestant in Dancing with the Shuswap Stars, Heidi Gowen didn’t miss a beat!

With her broad smile and playful personality, we’ve targeted Heidi as a contestant for a few years, but her hubby AJ was not so excited to take to the floor. As one of our other couples withdrew from the show, it was the perfect opportunity to pair Heidi with City Dance owner Jens Goerner to tackle the shortened timeline for learning a sassy Salsa!

Heidi is a long-time Shuswap resident, who has cut the hair of many in town and works as an Education Assistant at Shuswap Middle School. She’s also a Dance Mom to daughter, Brynn, who competes in Highland and keeps up with her son, Ashtyn, who is busy with hockey and basketball.

Heidi is a lover of dance, no matter what the style, but after spending more than a decade in the audience at her daughter’s dance performances, she’s now going to the take the spotlight on our stage to support the Shuswap Hospice Society.