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Spring 2022 Guest Artist


Natalie Desch, a BFA graduate of the Juilliard School and an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, performed for five seasons with the Limón Dance Company and eleven seasons with Doug Varone and Dancers in NYC. During that time, she also danced in various productions at the Metropolitan Opera and other regional opera companies––Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Palm Beach Opera, Longleaf Opera (NC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC). From 2005-2012 she taught at Hunter College (City University of New York) and has also been a visiting faculty member at Weber State University (UT), the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Beijing Dace Academy. She additionally has taught for the following summer residencies or festivals: Doug Varone and Dancers, the Limón Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Ballet Summer Intensive, UNCSA, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Bates Dance Festival, and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, among others. Natalie has restaged the works of Daniel Charon, Jirí Kylián, José Limón, and Doug Varone on dance and opera companies around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US. From 2014-2019 Natalie was on faculty at Utah Valley University and Westminster College, and she continues to teach at Ballet West Academy in SLC. She joined the University of Utah’s School of Dance as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019.

Past Guest Artists Include…

Michelle Bernier, Katrina Michaels, Amanda Berg Wilson, Dustin Bronson, Rosely Conz, Courtney World, Danny Larsen and Michelle Elliott, Bailey Anderson, Teena Marie Custer, Daniel Charon, Peter DiMuro, Courtney Jones, Marilyn Sylla and Sekou Sylla, Christine Rohde, Beth Malone, David Taylor, Matthew Montenegro, Mike Esperanza, Jessica Taylor, Dante Lara, Suzanne Bronson.