Born in Western Australia, Steven Heathcote AM began ballet at age 10. He entered The Australian Ballet School at 16 and was offered a contract with The Australian Ballet in 1983.
Steven rose quickly to principal artist, a position he held for 20 years. He appeared as an international guest with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet.
After retiring in 2007 as The Australian Ballet’s longest-serving principal artist, Steven appeared in the 2009 feature film Mao’s Last Dancer. In 2010 he conceived and directed a new production of Handel’s Julius Caesar for Victorian Opera. In 2012 Steven returned to opera as choreographer and assistant director to John Bell for Victorian Opera’s new production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and again in 2013 for Opera Australia's acclaimed new production of Tosca.
He returned to The Australian Ballet in 2014 as Ballet Master.
Steven lives in Melbourne with his wife Kathy; they have two adult children.