Natalie Varty, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, grew up in Fountain Hills, Arizona and has been dancing since she was three years old. She started competing at the age of 10 under the instruction of choreographer Brian Friedman and has extensive dance training in jazz, lyrical, jazz funk, musical theater, tap and ballet. With her talent and passion at 13 she was selected and invited at a national dance competition to join an exclusive dance team in Los Angeles – Team Rave L.A. Performing with Team Rave for four years she had the opportunity to dance across the west coast at places such as, Paramount Picture Studios, Venice beach, Nickelodeon, Disneyland, the Parade of Lights at Christmas time and many other well known charities. In addition to dancing, she competed on the Varsity cheer team at her high school where she was co-captain her senior year and helped lead her team to win the State title and 10th at Nationals in L.A. During her senior year she also joined the elite Paradise Valley All-Stars dance team under the instruction of Stacy Paydo, balancing her time with this team and cheer. While attending classes at Arizona State University, Natalie had the opportunity to dance for singer Neil Young in 2003 at his concert at the Dodge Theater, and has performed multiple times at the GoDaddy Holiday extravaganza in Phoenix. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Business. Additionally, Natalie has been teaching and choreographing in the Valley for 18 years and judging at competitions both statewide and nationally. She has won numerous regional, national, and choreography awards and continues to strive for excellence in challenging her artistic abilities to keep creating new original concepts. Natalie is honored to share her love of dance and is proud to have trained dancers that have national recognition, win numerous scholarships, are protégés at The Pulse on Tour and have been invited into well-known dance intensives such as the Joffrey Ballet School. Most importantly, she continues to teach because her students love this art as much as she does!