Nathalie began studying classical dance at the age of 6. When she was 8, she went to the Tourcoing Conservatoire in the North of France. Throughout her childhood and during a large part of her adolescence, her days were spent studying music theory, choral singing, piano and classical ballet. At 16, she left the conservatoire to concentrate on her studies. She still needed dance in her life, however, and continued to be involved in her passion through teaching ballet to children in a local dance school and worked on her own development by learning jazz and tap dance. She also took technical credit courses in Jazz at the CREPS in Wattignies which trains students for a State Diploma in Jazz Dance teaching and took part regularly in courses given by teacher/choreographers, well known in the region and in Paris. [DVX1] Nathalie learnt tap dancing from Martine EBETT and Victor CUNO (Centre du Marais, Paris), an internationally renowned teacher.
At the same time, her mother took her to lessons in ballroomdancing… She was not particularly interested until the day when she saw a professional couple dancing in an exhibition! It was a real revelation! So dancesport became part of her life but at 17 there was no question of it becoming a career. It was only after she had obtained her BTS in International Commerce and a Master’s Degree in Marketing that Nathalie decided to try making her passion into a career… That was when she threw herself body and soul into dancesport…
In 1992 she obtained the highest level qualifications from the French Academy of Dance Teachers (a professorat teaching certificate for ballroom dance and Latin dance, and a Master’s teaching certificate for ballroom dance and Latin dance) and became an adjudicator. In 1993, Nathalie left the region for Paris and then London, a global centre for competitive ballroom dance in order to train with the best international teachers and become a professional competitive dancer. It was as a result of a meeting with June MAC MURDO, one of the best technicians in the business, (whose pupils include: Peter Maxwell, Donnie Burns, Brian Watson and Paul Killick, to name but a few…)that Nathalie’s career got underway. June remained her mentor throughout her career although other teachers such as Peter MAXWELL, Colin JAMES, Michael STILIANOS, John EFFTEDAL and Victor KANEVSKI helped her career take off at international level.
In 1999, Nathalie met Jan Tore JACOBSEN, a Norwegian dancer and many times champion of Norway,
– 3rd in the “Dutch Professional Grand Prix” (Holland 2003)
– 2nd in the “Holland Masters” at Arnheim in the Netherlands (October 2002) ahead of the Dutch title holders…
– Ranked in the top 24 in the US Open (Rising Stars, Miami Beach, Florida , Sept 2002)
Their best result was to be ranked amongst the top 35 of the best professional competitors in the world at the Open Dance Festival in Blackpool (May 2002). Nathalie and Ariel danced together again in 2003, but in July Ariel’s contract at the London Cancer centre came to an end. He returned to the USA to pursue his first career in medicine as a plastic surgeon and Nathalie remained in Europe.
– Winners of the Wetteren Professional Open (Belgium, 2005)
– Winners of the Merelbeke Professional Open (Belgium, 2005)
– Winners of the prestigious Cindirella Cup in Anvers (December 2005, Belgium)
They were twice professional Latin dance champions of Belgium in 2005 and 2006 and represented Belgium in the European and World championships. In 2006, when she won her final championship title, Nathalie took the decision to retire from competition, calling an end to 13 years of competition and a career which had seen her ranked amongst the top 35 of the best competitive professional dancers in the world, had allowed her to travel the world dancing, teaching and being inspired by encounters and travels, bringing her experiences and knowledge of universal value.
Since 2007, Nathalie has devoted herself exclusively to teaching in order to pass on and share her passion.
By 2010, she had accumulated:
-30 years of experience in dance of which 13 was as an internationally recognised professional competitive dancer.
-20 years of teaching in France and abroad with amateurs, competitive and professional dancers.
She has obtained:
-the highest level qualifications from the AMDF (French Academy of Dance Teachers)
-AMDF Master’s teaching certificate
-Belgian League of Dance Teachers Instructor
– Dancesport coach
– International adjudicator Adjudicator A
-WDC ( World Dance Council)
[DVX1]CREPS : Centre for public education and sport