Natalie is one of our most versatile freelancers at Ascendance, and is a wiz at hosting and teaching on our Dance with Parkinson’s Zoom Programme. Natalie has taken over the Social Media for the charity and we are enjoying a fresh new look and feel. Natalie joined us through Zoom during Lockdown and we can’t wait to meet her face – to face one day!
Trained in jazz, contemporary and tap, she is both a choreographer and a dance artist who works with a diverse range of groups across theatre, education and community settings. Natalie loves working across stage and screen and has been involved in productions and outreach work with National Youth Musical Theatre, Creation Theatre Company and Cherwell Theatre Company. Her short film 'Inside' (designed for social media) has been featured in different international screen dance festivals and was awarded Arts Council England funding last year to develop a project leading dance workshops with Girlguiding groups in Staffordshire.
She tells us "I am a choreographer and dance artist based in the West Midlands. I have been dancing for more than 20 years and have trained in a variety of styles (including jazz, theatre, cheerleading and tap). I love sharing my passion for dance with others and inspiring individuals from all backgrounds to enjoy and participate in dance and other creative activity. Within my practice I like to work with words and language, thinking about how text and meaning can be embodied through movement and dance. I am also inspired by geometry, and like to link shapes, formulas and rules into my work to create exciting, thought-provoking pieces.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking, painting and eating (I have a particularly sweet tooth and can often be found with some chocolate or sweets, although my favourite food has to be the doughnut)."