STAFF

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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 6 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.

Director & Choreographer

NATALIA CANOVAS

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Samantha Pazos is a dancer and choreographer, born and raised in Miami, FL. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University’s School of Dance with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. She previously earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in Theatre Arts and Dance, with a focus in musical theatre.  She has trained in a variety of techniques including ballet (Vaganova), pointe work, modern dance (Horton, Graham, Limón), contemporary, jazz, and Latin/Afro-Cuban dance styles. Her dance training stems nationally from The Ailey School, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival, and locally at Ballet Concerto and Patricia Penenori Dance Center. 

 

As a performer, Pazos has worked in dance projects and musicals. She has had the opportunity to perform in various musicals including Cabaret, Hello Dolly!, A Chorus Line. She has collaborated with Miami-based artists:  Oscar Fuentes, Sandra Portal-Andreu, and Pioneer Winter. Her choreography has been presented at the 2014 DUMBO Dance Festival (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), as part of Breaking Glass: An Emerging Female Choreographer's Project, and has premiered a new work with Sarasota Contemporary Dance at the Asolo Rep, Jane Cook Theatre. In addition she will create a new work in 2019 as a selected artist for Here & Now through the Miami Light Project. 

Ballet

SAMANTHA PAZOS

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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!” 

Assistant Choreographer

JULIE FERNANDEZ

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Ibis has been dancing since the age of 10.  Her initial introduction to the art of dance was in Puerto Rico where she performed every year in several group numbers which included different styles of dance including salsa.  When Ibis moved back to Miami, her love for dance was not over.  She decided to join her schools dance program at Miami Sunset Senior High and danced throughout her high school career. 

After high school, Ibis continued her training just for the pure love of performing at several dance studios in Miami.  After her first year at the studio, she was asked to assist the Hip Hop teacher in her classes and with her competition team.  During this time, Ibis realized she had another passion and became a makeup artist and worked on several dancers throughout the years.

Ibis is now our Jazz instructor and our resident makeup artist.  Her passion for the arts shines through in her teaching and choreography.  

Jazz

IBIS PENATE

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