David Heller, AKA Dr. Moose, earned his PhD in Dance at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in December, 2018. He currently teaches dance to undergraduate students at Temple University, as well as street dance workshops throughout Philadelphia. Over the last 20 years, he has competed in multiple dance competitions throughout the United States. He has choreographed dozens of dance pieces that have been showcased in Hawaii, Norway, France, and Philadelphia. Dr. Moose said, “I believe that dance, in any form, is a deeply ingrained impulse we all possess. I found my passion through a desire to express myself. Dance is my life. Therefore, I teach what I love, and love what I do!”
What is your favorite charity or cause you’re most passionate about, and why?
I am passionate about raising awareness of how the arts, particularly dance, elevates our state of consciousness and propels us all to become the best versions of ourselves. Dance is at the bottom of the barrel in terms of funding throughout the US, and therefore, I support any and all charities devoted to the arts and dance, especially African-American/black dance culture, the roots of my dance passion.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you NEED to have with you?
If I was stuck on a deserted island all I would need (if I had the choice) is an endless supply of pineapples, curry chicken, water, and my favorite dance music
What or who inspired you to start dancing?
1980s movie soundtracks, old-school Hip Hop, and trance music are the beats that drive me to dance. The person who truly opened the door for me was a breakdancer named Vinny Pineo (Bboy Huck Tiger). I watched him spin on this back and his head right in front of me when I was 17. He taught me one move, called the baby freeze. And from that one move, a lifetime of passion and experiences emerged.