Tell us about your background...
I trained at Orlando City Ballet in the Vaganova style of Russian Classical ballet. I then danced with Orlando City Ballet within the corps de ballet, later moving to London where I trained as a ballet teacher in the Russian and English styles.
What should we expect from your ballet class?
A fun, welcoming atmosphere where participants can learn the fundamentals of classical ballet artistry and technique in a structured but energetic lesson. It’s also really important to me that adults starting or returning to ballet learn use their body in a way that will allow them to continue dancing for years to come. It is possible to dance into your 90s but you have to work with your body correctly and really understand what you are trying to achieve by building skills layer by layer. That being said, we don’t stand around talking about it. We are always moving. The best way to learn is by doing.
What do you like most about teaching?
I really love seeing students progress and achieve things they thought previously impossible.
Who was your most influential teacher?
Mrs B at Orlando City Ballet. She really made me feel like I had worth as a dancer and teacher even though I couldn’t see it myself. I told her of my desire to be a ballet teacher and she was incredibly supportive.
What has been your biggest challenge as a dancer?
Overcoming a severe, life changing injury.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I would invite Mrs B. I would like to thank her for all she did for me. I never got to say goodbye as she sadly died a few years ago. She was a real inspiration. I saw the way she taught, how much passion and patience she had. She was a fabulous, caring teacher and a beautiful person.
Natalie teaches Ballet Introduction and Ballet Improvers on Monday's at The Place. We run regular classes for all ages and abilities plus special courses and workshops, find out more and get dancing with us.