Natalie Gotter is a dance artist currently located in Salt Lake City, UT. As a dance performer, choreographer, instructor, filmmaker and researcher, her career has brought her from New Orleans to Chicago to settle in the mountains. She received her MFA in Modern Dance with emphasis on Gender Studies and Screendance Certification from the University of Utah.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she received her early dance training at the Youth Dance Ensemble and School for 13 years under Leanne "Dixie" Rairamo and Apple Valley Modern under Catherine Wright. She has studied with noted faculty such as: John Allen, Michaela Cannon, Daniel Clifton, Diogo De Lima, Jeffrey Gunshol, Eric Handman, Barbara Hayley, Molly Heller, Satu Hummasti, and Alice Pascal-Escher.
As a performing artist, she has been a featured and ensemble dancer in works by Florian Alberge, John Allen, Michaela Cannon, Nancy Carter, Ashley Creek, Michael Crotty, Jeffrey Gunshol, Fiona Nelson, Dat Nguyen, and Beverly Trask. She was a featured dancer in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration in 2011. In New Orleans, she was a guest artist and apprentice for Tsunami Dance Co., directed by Kettye Voltz, and guest artist and choreographer for Avatar Dance Co., directed by Monica Ordoñez. In Chicago, she was a featured choreographer and performer with Gorilla Tango Theater, directed by Emily Leonard.
Her choreographic works have been presented in New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Minneapolis, including multiple evening-length self-produced and collaborative research based concerts: "Magazine St. #22" for the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival and "LMN Mov't No. 1" featuring collaborations with local dance artists.
Natalie is a seasonal guest faculty and performing artist at the Youth Dance Ensemble in Minneapolis and on faculty at dance studios throughout the Salt Lake valley. She continues to teach and research in higher education at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Panama. She will be starting as a full-time dance faculty member at Muhlenberg College in fall 2019.
Photo: Kevin Leonard