NATALIE KIRK (Baton Rouge, LA) received her early training at Revolution Dance Company under the direction of Carrie Nunez Webb. She grew up in the competitive dance scene, acquiring multiple honors including the National Elite Dancer title at West Coast Dance Explosion. She also attended summer intensives at Jazz Dance World Congress, The Joffrey Ballet, LINES Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and The Cambrians. Natalie graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in May of 2018 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance. While training at UNCSA, she performed works by Robyn Mineko Williams, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Larry Keigwin, and Ton Simons. Following graduation, Natalie moved to Chicago to apprentice with Visceral Dance Chicago. She has since then performed in Nick Pupillo’s world premiere TAKE and at Kehoe Design’s Annual Holiday Party.
In addition to her stage performances, Natalie has also danced in several film projects including ODESZA’S White Lie’s Music Video and “In This House” directed by Emilee Harney. She has also modeled for MAC Cosmetics, Winston-Salem Dance Project, and Dance for the River in North Carolina. Natalie has studied performance art with Tim Miller and also acted in Epiphany Michele Huffman’s short film “Flames Wilde”. She has choreographed for RAVE Performing Arts Company, Youth America Grand Prix, and Visceral Dance Chicago’s WITHIN.
Natalie is endlessly grateful to be a part of forward.the movement and to be creating work that embodies new life and freedom.
“the mission of forward the movement means so much to me on so many levels. from a very young age, I have known that I wanted to dance for purpose—for change. i’ve always felt more myself while moving. i’ve always felt burdened by the fact that not everyone has had the same opportunities that i have had. forward is where my gifts and my burdens can finally collide.”