Tuesday, March 04, 2008

NLL Girl of the Week - Natalie 

Posted by Sasha at 5:10 PM ET

Former art teacher thrilled to return to turf at Xcel Energy Center

Natalie, a second-year member of the Minnesota Swarm's Performance Team, grew up on just outside of St. Paul on a vegetable farm in Cottage Grove. As a farm girl she started dancing at the age of 2 1/2. Along with studio training, she was fortunate to tap dance with Gregory Hines, receive a Steps Dance Scholarship in NY and even dance in the 1992 Super Bowl at the Metrodome.

In addition to dancing, Natalie enjoyed gymnastics, skating, painting and even playing hockey with her 3 brothers on an ice rink her dad would flood in the corn fields. In high school she was honored to be part of the Park High School Gymnastic team and went to State in Floor and Beam. After High School she went to St. Cloud State University and graduated cum laude with a BS in Art Education.

Immediately after college Natalie had the privilege to teach Art to middle and high school students for seven years. Through this she was able to learn so much and developed her own Art career. A few years later Natalie started producing artwork at her St. Paul studio and was asked to paint a Snoopy sculpture for the Charles Schultz Peanuts characters around town in St. Paul.

During her teaching career she continued to dance and was chosen to be a part of the MN Vikings Cheerleaders for 2000-2002 and the Inaugural year of the MN Swarm Performance Team. After many years of teaching she decided to change careers and is loving her new job in Merchandising for a local furniture company. After more than 25 years of dancing, Natalie is more excited then ever to be back with the Minnesota Swarm to perform for the fans.

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