Natalie performs many styles of Tajik dance including Kulobi, Shashmaqam and Badakhshan/Pamiri dance. She has traveled to Tajikistan to study dance extensively for two summers. She was awarded multiple grants to conduct Dance Ethnology research in 2015 and 2018.
Natalie performs different styles of Uzbek Dance including Khorezm, Bukharan, Andijon Polka, and Ferghana. She is dedicated to continue learning this dance form by traveling to Uzbekistan annually to continue her intense study of this beautiful and technical dance.
Afghan dance is am upbeat and fun style. The dresses are colorful and fun! Some styles include: Attan, what is now known as the National dance of Afghanistan; Logari, a dance with abrupt stops; and other styles. The dance below is to folk music by Aziz Herawi.
Natalie performs both modern and folkloric styles of Persian Dance. Some of the styles she performs include: Neoclassical Persian dance, Qassemabadi, Bandari, and Qash'qai. Some of her main teachers include Miriam Peretz, Robyn Friend, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Sharlyn Sawyer.
The video is of a performance Natalie did with Ballet Afsaneh for Nowruz at the San Francisco City Hall. Choreography by Sharlyn Sawyer
Natalie performs many different styles of Belly Dance including Raqs Sharqi, American Cabaret, and Tribal Fusion styles. She enjoys not only researching the different styles but understanding the deeper cultural significance each style encompasses.