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Senior Ambassador: Jazz

Natalie is 20 years old, has been dancing for 16 years, and is currently a junior at the University of Vermont where she majors in Dance and Biomedical Engineering.  Prior to her college career, she trained at Dance Track Studio in Wakefield, MA, where she was a member of the studio’s competition team.  In high school, Natalie was the captain of the dance team and the choreographer for the drama company.   At UVM, Natalie consistently takes dance classes and participates in performance opportunities.  In addition, she is a representative for the dance department and has attended ACDA,  the American College Dance Association.  Out of all the styles Natalie has trained in, her favorites are contemporary and tap.  When we asked Natalie what she loves most about dance, she told us that she loves how it allows her to express herself and create art through movement. She also loves that dance can be choreographed or improvised.  Fun fact - Natalie is currently researching the relationship between physics and dance!  She started this as an honors project in high school and is continuing her research through her work at UVM.  She wants to be able to use her degrees to help people better understand the science behind movement and dance, specifically in terms of injury prevention, and develop medical devices that can allow people who have been injured again.  


Why dance makes Natalie feel ALIVE:

"Dance makes me feel alive because it makes me feel free. When I'm dancing from my heart, I feel fearless, unstoppable, and truly alive."


Natalie’s favorite part of the most recent Alive Dance Convention:

"My favorite part of the convention in January was getting to take master classes in several styles that challenged me to dance in different ways!"

Why Natalie is looking forward to the next Alive event:

"I am most looking forward to taking more classes and dancing with people who share the same love for dance!"

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