Natalie started dancing at the age of 2 at local studios in Northeast Ohio. Growing up Natalie studied many different styles of dance including jazz, tap, contemporary, and acro, however; always had a love for ballet. At the age of 8 Natalie began a Cecchetti Ballet program, and is level four certified. In high school Natalie decided to focus on her ballet training, and began studying at Hudson Conservatory of Ballet, as part of their pre-professional daytime program. During this time Natalie also attended several dance competitions and conventions, receiving several scholarships and titles.
Currently, Natalie is working on receiving her Bachelors’ of Fine Arts degree in dance, with a concentration in ballet at Point Park University, receiving a four year artistic scholarship. Although Natalie is a ballet concentration, at school she continues to study many different styles including: jazz, improv, dance composition, and several different types of modern which include Graham technique, Horton, and Gaga. She is also studies dance history, nutrition, kinesiology, and music fundamentals. At Point Park, Natalie has been given the opportunity to study under very influential choreographers and teachers including: Garfield Lemonius, Colleen Hooper, Kiesha Lalama, Judith Lefifer-Bentz, Susan Stowe, Maree ReMalia, Maria Slutiak, and Girard Holt. Natalie is currently finishing her Sophomore year and has been able to maintain a GPA that warrants being placed on The Dean's list every semester.
Throughout high school and college Natalie has attended several different ballet and contemporary dance intensives including: BalletMet summer intensive, The Washington School of Ballet summer intensive, HoustonMet professional summer intensive, and BodyTraffic professional winter intensive.
Some of Natalie’s performance opportunities include: “Of Nature” choreographed by DaMond Garner, at Point Park University, Dewdrop and lead Arabian in Hudson Conservatory of Ballets first annual Nutcracker Suite, and being selected to demonstrate examples of Countertechnique, and repertoire at BodyTraffic’s closing show. She was also selected to perform in a contemporary piece choreographed by Mimmo Miccolis, as well as Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 at The Washington School of Ballets closing show.
Although Natalie loves to dance and perform, she has grown to appreciate and enjoy teaching and choreographing. Natalie is beyond grateful that she has been given the opportunity to choreograph solos that have been competed at Youth America Grand Prix, as well as other dance conventions and competitions. In 2017, Natalie had the opportunity to attend The Dance Teacher Summit presented by Break the Floor Productions in Long Beach, California and plans to attend the Summit again in 2018. Natalie plans to receive her Bachelors’ of Fine Arts degree in 2020 while she continues to teach at Hudson Conservatory of Ballet.