- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Natalya is one of the youngest Professional Latin dancers in the United States DanceSport industry, and a well-known instructor and choreographer in Washington's dance community. Born in Russia - but raised in Seattle, she has become well known through her devoted participation in competitions and passionate performances in shows around the area with her partner and students. Throughout her dance career, Natalya has consistently been a winner of the local Northwest Regional Championships, and a finalist in out-of-state competitions such as Desert Classic, San Francisco Open, and Southwest Regionals.
Aside from working her way up to training with the top Ballroom and Latin coaches in the world, Natalya has explored the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, and contemporary dance in order to diversify her training and artistry. She has been a member of the Seattle dance companies "Breed Seattle", "Westsiders", and "Black Floor Collective" parallel to competing at a national level with her partner.
She now dedicates her time to mentoring and directing multiple diverse Performance Groups from ages 7-55 out of Kirkland and Seattle. Her classes range from serious Ballroom and Latin training for competing children and adults to Social Dancing, Dance Fitness, Contemporary, Heels intensives, and Event-Based Choreography such as Wedding Dances and FlashMobs!
She believes that the intricate techniques of Latin partner dance should be accessible to all, and that her vast area of experience in different dance forms has taught her to better-understand how to teach the tools to dancers from diverse movement backgrounds, including children with special needs, while maintaining their personal movement style and artistry.
Director and choreographer of a Heels Collective based out of Seattle.
Has taught Ballroom and Latin Dance, Partner Connection Fundamental, and Heels Technique/Performance at one of the most well-known Adult dance studios in the Northwest.
Has participated in and helped create many themed-events, concept videos, and shows.
Director of Rising Star Performance Team, Ladies of LaVida Performance Team, Fusion of LaVida Performance Team.
Consistent Competitor and Performer in all Regional and National Latin dance competitions.
Instructor was great! The web site link did not work with an apple mac book pro using safari, it only worked with Chrome thanks to Natasha's help, so please add that important memo for mac users! regards--charles
Natalya is a great instructor, very professional, inspiring and encouraging! She is also demanding, which means she really cares about your progress.
Natalya is an amazing dance instructor with a strong dance background, fun and energetic teaching style and a very professional demeanor! She wants all of her students to succeed and will true you into a skilled dance in no time! Thank you Natalya for all that you have taught me!+ Read More
Natalya is knowledgeable, a clear instructor, and connects well with her students. Wonderful experience!
Natalya is PASSIONATE dancer, dedicated teacher, kind, loving & lovable HUMAN!
Natalya was incredibly patient with my daughter. My daughter requires special education and many teachers gave up easily or ignored her and focused on the rest of the group. Natalya never gave up on my child and made her succeed and pushed her to her highest potential. I will be forever grateful for her passion and how she transmitted the same feelings to my daughter.+ Read More
She is the best teacher around !
Natalya is absolutely wonderful versatile teacher. She is super caring and wonderful human being. She thought our 9 year old daughter, my husband and me. We all had a great time, learned a lot and still continue to take classes from her. Highly recommend her to people who want just to have fun and exercise by leaning to dance ( beats going to the gym :0) as well as people who would like to compete and perform.+ Read More
Have you ever felt total comfort with someone while doing an uncomfortable activity? A feeling of trust so strong that you ignore your insecurities and just do what they're helping you to do? Become so oblivious to your insecurities because of the sheer wonderment you have at how good this person is at helping others?
That's lessons with Natalya.
I'm an awkward, gangly guy. I had zero dance experience. I was so afraid to start learning how to dance.
When I started with Natalya, it was comfortable and fun from the get-go. I had no problem shedding my various anxieties about flailing my long limbs around in a rhythmic motion to the beat of random pop songs. She just, gets it.
Hire her. Take lessons from her. Find that new life skill through her artistic teaching abilities that you never knew you had.
That whole "if I can do it, you can do it" cliche is real here, with Natalya's help.
She's breathes teaching and you'll soak in her incredible ability to help you become something greater with each lesson.
Natalya Z is very talented instructor! She has passion to teach students from all over the world! Very professional and kind. Highly recommended!