Heather McGinley grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Through her early training with Lisbeth Brown, she attained a Diploma in the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. She graduated from Butler University with a B.F.A. in dance performance in 2005. She was a member of Graham II for two seasons and went on to perform with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2008 to 2011. With the Graham Company she toured Italy in the original cast of Antonio Calenda’s Looking for Picasso, a dance and theater piece featuring restaged classic Graham ballets. In 2018 she danced in the feature film The Chaperone choreographed by John Carrafa. She participated in the 2010 Intensives at The Taylor School, and joined Paul Taylor Dance Company in Spring 2011.