Natalie has been a Contemporary and Hip-Hop instructor and choreographer for the past ten years in South Florida. She trained and performed as a Ballet dancer under the instruction of Dana Williams at Ballet Elite Dance Studio in Margate, FL from 1998-2006. During that time she also studied Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern. She later began her Hip-Hop training in Miami in 2007 and performed with the crew “Epidemik.” Natalie joined the “World Models” agency where she auditioned as a commercial dancer from 2010-2012, while also attending Florida Atlantic University. Her passion for teaching soon exceeded her desire to become a professional working dancer. Over the last ten years, Natalie’s focus has been on growing her Hip-Hop and Contemporary programs at Ballet Elite, helping to diversify what was once exclusively a Classical Ballet school. Natalie became Co-Director of Ballet Elite in 2017 and became Co-Owner of Ballet Elite in 2018 alongside Mrs. Dana Williams, her first Ballet instructor, and now partner.
Natalie’s contemporary style fuses many forms of dance, with Ballet at its core. Training and performing most of her life as a Ballet dancer, Natalie has taken those fundamentals and created her own style, fusing what she has picked up in her Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Modern training. She pushes her dancers to think differently, dance differently, and form their own personal stories throughout the class. Natalie’s classes incorporate self-exploration and artistry through improv at a young age. Her students develop the tools to communicate freely through dance and, in turn, build their own unique language. Her dancers have entered many improv competitions where they have received first place and several scholarships to further their training and education. Natalie is also a contemporary coach to some of the Elite soloists at the studio. Her choreography has won top placements at several highly competitive venues such as HYPE, Intrigue, In10sity, Youth America Grand Prix, Universal Ballet Competition where her piece received first place, and the Miami International Ballet Competition where her choreography was chosen to perform at the closing gala of Canaan Dance International in Hong Kong.
Natalie is also one of the Hip-Hop instructors at Ballet Elite. She would describe her Hip-Hop style as hard-hitting and full out. Her classes feature commercial Hip-Hop with an emphasis on performance and high energy training. She began the Elite Hip-Hop teams at the studio in 2013 and also became the Hip-Hop coach for North Broward Preparatory. Her choreography has received top placements at ADA, DEA, Onstage NY, In10sity, and Hype where she received the Choreography Award. She hopes to inspire other technically trained dancers to stay well rounded in this ever-changing and demanding dance world.
Over the years Natalie has taught for many local studios such as U4ria Dance Studio and Magda Aunon School of Classical Ballet. She has been invited as a guest instructor at studios both locally and nationally and recently joined The Challenge dance convention as an instructor and will tour with them this season. Natalie owes her tremendous love of teaching to her students, who inspire her, drive her, and define her as an instructor and a director.