Steven Heathcote first studied the Cecchetti ballet Method with Shelly Rae and Kira Bousloff in his home-town of Perth. He then graduated from The Australian Ballet School in 1982 and joined The Australian Ballet in 1983; he was promoted to Soloist in 1985, Senior Artist in 1986 and to the rank of Principal in 1987. Steven Heathcote has an extensive repertoire of principal roles and has created leading roles in many world premiere ballets. His repertoire by Australian choreographers includes Cinderella, Divergence, Red Earth and Madame Butterfly by Stanton Welch, Shadow in the Facet, Beyond Bach and 1914 by Stephen Baynes, Alchemy by Stephen Page, Mirror Mirror by Natalie Weir and Beyond Twelve, Nutcracker and Swan Lake by Graeme Murphy.
There have been many highlights in his long career; in addition to his overseas tours with The Australian Ballet, he has made guest appearances with companies such as AMerican Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the Kirov Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has partnered international ballerinas susan Jaffe, Nina Ananiashvili and Alessandra Ferri.
In 1991 Steven was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to dance and in 1995 received the MO award for Best Male Dancer of the Year. At the inaugural (2001) National Arts Awards he received the Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer, and in 2002 for his portrayal of Albreacht in Giselle. He has just completed his 20th year with The Australian Ballet, for which Stephen Page created the solo work Totem.
In 2003, Steven was awarded Best Male Dancer at the Green Room Awards, and received the MO Award for Dance Performer of the Year, for his role in Graeme Murphy's critically acclaimed Swan Lake.