Information about Natalie - Windlesham instructor - (5 reviews)
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Styles of dance taught:
Improvisation / Choreography
I began dancing at the age of 5 at a fantastic and intensive dance school in my locality, specialising in ballet but also adopting tap, jazz and modern techniques into my movement vocabulary. Whilst training here, I was part of a winning ballet group at the All England Dance Finals in 2009 and received many awards in various competitions around the South of England.
I progressed onto vocational training at the age of 16 (having completed by GCSEs with 8 A*s, 2 As and 1B) and graduated from the prestigious Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2013 with a First Class BA Hons degree. During my training, I performed classical and contemporary repertoire at The Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House) and The Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre (Sadler's Wells) on multiple occasions, as well as in collaboration with Central St Martin's School of Design in King's Cross. In addition, I was part of a contemporary piece choreographed by Mark Baldwin, the director of Rambert Dance Company, in my final year at Rambert School.
Since graduating, I have performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-Upon-Avon/ Edinburgh), The English National Opera ('Madam Butterfly' at the London Coliseum) and Mark Bruce Company (2016 tour of South West England). Furthermore, I have performed in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on two occasions. My more commercial experience includes music videos for Vaults and Clare Maguire, a clothing promotional video for the brand Bruta, a commercial for H and M and a commercial for Danone, filmed in Kiev.
I also have choreographic experience, having created a number of contemporary pieces performed during my time at Rambert School as well as a solo that I premiered at Footprint Dance Festival 2015 (Roehampton University).
At this current point in my career, I continue to intermittently audition for dance work alongside teaching and recently completed a Masters degree, focusing on dance for Parkinson’s and achieving a Distinction.
In my spare time I enjoy yoga, reading, arts and crafts, theatre visits, socialising and photography.
Dance Instruction/Teaching Experience::
I first pursued regular teaching over two and a half years ago and drawing upon my varied dance experience, I class myself as a freelance dance teacher of a variety of disciplines including ballet, pointework, contemporary, creative dance/improvisation, tap and jazz.
I currently teach at:
Rambert School (Children's creative dance and Summer Schools)
Susan Handy School of Dance (Creative Dance/Body Conditioning/ISTD Tap and Modern)
Woking Dance Space (Adult ballet/contemporary/tap/pointework)
Raise The Curtain (Children's drama/dance)
St George’s Tennis Club (adult jazz)
Private tutoring via First Tutors (since summer 2016)
Past experience includes:
London Studio Centre (Mark Bruce Company repertoire)
Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Contemporary)
Exeter College (Mark Bruce Company repertoire)
The Place (London) (Easter Course/ CAT Scheme teaching assistant)
Susan Robinson School of Ballet (contemporary choreography)
New Dance Ventures (contemporary choreography)
Musical Moving (Assisting dance for Parkinson's disease classes in London)
Monarch Studios (Children's RAD Ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, drama, acrobatics, street)
Walton-on-Thames Stagecoach (performance rehearsals)
Surrey Community Dance (Children's ballet/tap)
First Dance Studios (Adult ballet)
West London Dance (Children's ballet assistant)
Canada Water Studios (Children’s Ballet)
I pride myself on my professionalism in all of my personal pursuits and so, preparation is of utmost importance to me. I always ensure I have clear ideas of the class content and aims (perhaps in collaboration with the student/s in question) and am easily able to adapt and mould these ideas around the space I am in/ the student at hand/ the moods on the day/ the needs of the class.
Having trained full-time in both ballet and contemporary, I utilise the combination of the principles of these techniques in all that I teach. I aim to equip my students with the necessary strength and stability to protect their bodies, whilst enthusiastically encouraging movement, expansiveness and challenging of their perceived capabilities.
I like to work my students hard and to push them to continually improve, yet I am sensitive to fluctuations in energy and that each student knows their body best. It is vital to me that I create an open ethos and an environment in which my students feel comfortable to express themselves to me and in turn, indulge in their movement expression. I hugely enjoy sharing my physical knowledge with my class participants and working together, we can create a space where everyone can gain and conclude their class feeling fulfilled. And of course, there's always guaranteed fun and laughter!
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References Available:: Yes (✔ On File)
- Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2016) - MA in Contemporary Dance (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2016) - Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in Contemporary Dance (Other) (✔ On File)
- Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (2013) - First Class BA Hons in Ballet and Contemporary Dance (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I would highly recommend her. Excellent tutor!