STAFF

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NATALIA CANOVAS

Director & Choreographer

Natalia has been dancing competitively since the age of 8.  Throughout the years, Natalia trained with the best local dancers and instructors in the business, including but not limited to, Victor Smalley, Angel Armas, Ingrid Dinicola, Lourdes and many more. She trained extensively in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Modern.  Natalia competed till the age of 18, that is when she discovered her true passion, teaching the art of dance to young inspiring dancers. 

After her last competitive year, Natalia took a leap of faith and opened her own dance studio, Moving Artist Dance Company.  For the past 8 years, Natalia has been training dancers of all ages, and has won several awards at different competitions every year including “Best of Jump”, choreography awards and first place at Nationals.  Her students have won several overall top scores, scholarships, and special awards.  Some of her students have pursued their love of dance and have been featured in music videos.  

Natalia has also been invited by serval schools to teach and choreograph pieces for them.  She has worked with W.R. Thomas Middle School, G. Holmes Braddock Senior Highschool and Mother of Christ.  As a result, the teams have won several awards with her choreographed pieces the past several years. 

Natalia continues to inspire young dancers every day.

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Stassia Bryant

Ballet

Stasia was born and raised in Denver, Colorado where she began her ballet training. She trained at the National Academy of Arts, in Illinois, Colorado Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia, and finally, moved to Germany where she continued her training in Stuttgart and the Mannheim Ballet Academy. Stasia worked as a guest in the Stuttgart Ballet performing in Operas and in a local Ballet Company. Stasia also spent a year training under Jean Pierre’ Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride and Jaques Cesbron at Indiana University. Later, she performed with the Colorado Ballet, Maryland Ballet, David Taylor Dance Company, and the Lisbon National Ballet, in Lisbon, Portugal. Stasia trained in a variety of styles and techniques, such as Vaganova, RAD, Balanchine, Limon, Graham and Horton.

Stasia’s teaching career began at Indiana University in the children’s division. She has taught in Denver, Colorado Springs, Northern Virginia, Iowa City, and Cedar Rapids where she was the Artistic Director of “Chamber Youth Ballet.” Returning to Germany, Stasia taught for multiple dance schools and choreographed pieces that were performed in the historical Rococo Theater in the Schwetzingen Palace. In Wiesbaden, Germany, she collaborated with Paige Perry for the “Nutcracker” and created original works performed at the annual Aids Ball benefit.

In 2008 Stasia became a fully certified Pilates Instructor opening her own Pilates studio in Walldorf, Germany. Through Pilates Stasia expanded on her knowledge of movement and was able to apply her years of dancing and teaching ballet to further her education and ability to understand the mechanics of movement. This knowledge and experience gives Stasia the unique ability to help facilitate changes in movement patterns that may inhibit the overall performance of dancers, athletes and everyday people..

While living in Wiesbaden, Germany Stasia worked as an Educational Aid in a Special Needs Classroom for the American High School. She also choreographed multiple musicals, to include, “Aida”,” Little Mermaid,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Back to the 80’s” and “Grease.” This experience was invaluable in teaching dance in a completely new way, as most of the performers were not trained dancers. Both “Aida” and “South Pacific” were nominated in the International Leonardo Project and “Aida” won First Place. While working closely with the Theater Department Stasia participated in many International Theater Festivals working with Theater Professionals from all over the world. These festivals provided Stasia insight into theater devising techniques and improvisation which enriched her work with the Theater Department. As a guest Choreographer, Stasia choreographed several pieces for “Midsummer's Night’s Dream” for the International School of Warsaw.

Stasia is passionate about teaching and working with youth. Work ethic and self discipline are important, but always with a sense of humor. With Stasia’s diverse and extensive background she believes that any dancer can have clean technique that works with his or her body type and express themselves through movement. She is continually finding new ways to approach teaching classical technique and efficient movement patterns that assist dancers in avoiding injuries and building strength and stability that will improve their overall performance. Stasia is thrilled to work with Natalia and her dancers.

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JULIE FERNANDEZ

Assistant Choreographer

Julie Fernandez has been dancing since the age of 5. She trained in various styles including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and acro. Julie found great importance in the technical training of dancers and centered her training around technique at a young age. She has placed 5th overall or higher in competitions such as Shake the Ground and HYPE. Julie has also received choreography awards throughout her time as an instructor.

 

She has been working for Moving Artist Dance Company since 2015. As an instructor Julie believes, “there is no other dance company as family oriented as M.A.D. Nati has done a phenomenal job of transforming dancers and encouraging her students to push their limits. I’m blessed to be a part of such a welcoming dance company. As always, M.A.D love!” 

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