Natalie McChesney

2004 - 2010

Natalie McChesney

Natalie McChesney

Natalie entered the school in 2004 at the age of twelve, graduating in 2010 as an Honors Company Member.

Over the course of her time at NADA, she trained with Michael Garrison, Tatiana Makarova, Susan Davern, Ellen D’Hemecourt, and Stacey Slichter. Natalie was accepted into North Atlanta Dance Theatre in 2006. While in the company she performed roles in the Nutcracker ranging from Party Girl, Marzipan, Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, and Snow Queen. Other performances with the company such as the annual Spring Concert and Fall Showcases gave her opportunities to perform in contemporary works such as “Synergy”, Mr. Garrison’s “Pirates of the Phantom Waves,” as well as performances of the classical ballets, “Paquita,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Giselle.” Some of Natalie’s favorite roles with NADA and NADT have been The Dying Swan—performed in NADT’s Fall Showcase and Clara—in The Nutcracker.

Since entering BYU in 2010, Natalie has performed in numerous contemporary pieces choreographed by BYU faculty and guest artists such as "Apart" by Shayla Bott and "African Winds" by Shanee Robison, excerpts from “La Bayadere” (ensemble) as well as full-length productions of “Sleeping Beauty” (Princess Florine, Musicality, Vitality), “Cinderella” (Spring Fairy, ensemble), and “The Snow Queen” (Gerda). She has also had the opportunity to participate and compete in the American College Dance Festival with BYU, whose contemporary ballet pieces were selected in 2012 and 2013 to perform in the closing Gala. Next year Natalie is excited to perform in BYU’s Swan Lake in January 2014 along with exploring more contemporary works. 

Natalie graduated from BYU with a teaching degree in English. She is currently serving as a missionary in Portugal.

 



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