March 1st - 3rd 2013
A Festival Celebrating Women in Jazz Music & Dance
Nathalie is originally from France. She is a World Swing Dance Champion and a Master Teacher. She has repeatedly won every major U.S. swing dance title. Known for her gravity-defying aerials, Nathalie has taught and performed in more than 23 countries. Her vibrant performances have earned Nathalie many stage, film, and television appearances. She performed and served as a consultant in the original Broadway production of Swing!, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was a featured dancer in the 2003 Julia Roberts film Mona Lisa Smile and was a model for the dancing elves in Robert Zemeckis' 2004 animated feature The Polar Express with Tom Hanks. Her national television appearances include repeat engagements on The Today Show, as well as Entertainment Tonight, The View, Good Morning America, and on MTV.
Nathalie's other notable credits include choreography and performances for Will Smith's Willennium CD-release party, and a performance for President Bill Clinton at America's Millennium New Year's Eve Party, produced by Quincy Jones and Stephen Spielberg. Nathalie frequently teaches, choreographs and performs for corporate functions. Some of Her past clients include British Airways, Sony, Samsung, Biore, the New York Knicks, and Seagrams.
Although her performances are awe-inspiring, Nathalie's true love is teaching and coaching. In New York City, where she lived for eleven years, she founded Hop Swing & A Jump, Manhattan's primary swing dance studio and company. In New Orleans since 2005, she is now bringing you Dance Quarter, a dance studio dedicated to sharing the joy of partner dancing, primarily as a social activity but also as a competitive endeavor that breeds self-confidence, teamwork and communication, all of it in a fun environment. Many of Nathalie's students have gone on to win championships of their own and to spread the joy of dance in their own communities.
Finally, Nathalie created and coordinates a social dance program for 5th Graders at the request of Martin Marino, President of the Board of the Jefferson Parish Public School System. After five years of existence, classes are now being offered in 26 Elementary Schools. About 700 children learn how to dance weekly!