While growing up, Natalie Simpson studied a wide range of dance styles including ballet and pointe, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and flamenco. After high school she attended Arts Triumphant Dance Conservatory in Jacksonville, FL, training with Yvonne Salcedo-Williams, former ballerina with the Pittsburg Ballet, studying ballet and pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, Latin, character, and choreography and improvisation.
While earning her B.A. in music at Hillsdale College she studied ballet and modern with Melissa Beck-Matjias (University of Michigan Dance Faculty) and Jovita Weibel (Peter Sparling Dance Company). During the summer of 2010, she attended the Horton Pedagogy Workshop with Ana Marie Forsythe at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC. Most recently, she has studied hip hop with Travis Staton-Marrero.
Natalie has performed with Greater Lansing Ballet Company, Arts Triumphant, Tower Dancers, & Lansing Chamber Dance, but her most meaningful performances have been outside of the concert hall.
Since the age of eleven, Natalie has danced in a variety of places, with different troupes including for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem, in several U.S. states in churches, malls, and outdoor concerts, in the Netherlands, with a Panamanian tribe deep in the Darien Jungle, at the Olympic Stadium Berlin for Calling All Nations 2006, and in her hometown.
It is Natalie’s greatest joy to train dancers and musicians, leading others into an encounter with their Heavenly Father through these creative expressions. From the classroom to the stage, Jesus Christ is at the heart of all we do.