Originally from Puerto Rico, Natalia is a dancer, teacher, and yogi. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, where she studied dance and earned a BS in child and adolescent development. Since moving to Chicago in 2008, she has danced professionally with The Leopold Group, The Moving Architects, and Mordine and Company. She has been on the faculty of the Judith Svalander School of Ballet and North Suburban School of Dance, and has taught dance at Chicago public schools through the community engagement program of The Joffrey Ballet. In 2011, Natalia traveled to Central Asia where she taught dance workshops for children and adults as part of an outreach program through the US Embassy. She is the studio manager at The Dailey Method Lincoln Park, where she also teaches fitness classes. Additionally, she is an instructor at CorePower Yoga.
My favorite dancing movie is: West Side Story. Sharks vs Jets!
My favorite non-dancing movie is: Great Expectations, the Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke version.
When I’m not dancing I like to: cook, drink wine, and host get-togethers with my friends so that I can do both!
My favorite food: Panang curry with broccoli.
Something you might not know about me is: I can’t sing. Not even a little bit.