Owner/Director/Choreographer, Natalie’s Dance Network
Natalie established NDN studio in 1995. In the summer of 1995, Natalie was asked to teach a few students dance lessons. She had an open house and the story goes from there. Natalie began training at the age of 4 with Candy Shriver. She learned early on that she loved dance. Her primary training was with The Performing Arts School of Dance with Mandy Smith. In high school, Natalie was a member of the Clarksville High School Dance Team and is an alumni of the first Austin Peay State University Dance Team. Upon graduation Natalie received a degree in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Wellness Promotion.
Natalie’s highlights include being chosen at the age of 10 to dance in the “Fall staff” opera. She has also judged and choreographed many middle and high school dance teams, cheerleading routines, spring shows, drama department productions and half-time football band routines as well as choreographing for the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department. Natalie choreographed for the Clarksville Academy Spring Production Dinner Show for Four years. Natalie was chosen to choreograph the commercial “We Do Digital” by Camera World.
Mrs. Natalie was chosen from the Dance Makers Incorporated Staff on November 30th, 2008 for the “MARJORIE PERRY SPIRIT AWARD” for her love, dedication, and enthusiasm to her dance students and studio.” Natalie has been recognized numorous times for having won best choreography, most entertaining, and Best of the Best routines. She has also won trips, Special Judges awards along with cash prizes.
Natalie has traveled to New York, Chicago, Florida, South Carolina, California (just to name a few), to train under the world’s best choreographers such as Barry Youngblood, Marcus Alford, Frank Hatchett, The late Steven Boyd and Janice Berigner. She is always keeping her eyes open and her mind free to learn the “hottest” and “newest” dance moves of today.
NDN students are national title holders as well as both regional,national and local title winners. NDN dancers have gone on to dance on their college dance teams, NFL teams, Sea World & casted in movie rolls. The studio has won Clarksville’s Best Dance Studio numerous times along with the Reader’s Choice Award and Clarksville Award Program for 2018.
Although Natalie has been blessed with a great dance career, her biggest accomplishment is being married to her best friend, Ben for 18 years and being the mommy of three wonderful children. She has a 14 year old daughter, Kender, a 12 year old son, Camden, and a 8 year old daughter, Kentley.
Natalie feels very blessed by God to have a job that she adores and to be able to share her God given talent with all the children of today.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”
Chanice is from Antioch, TN. She began her dancing years at Cathy’s Dance Studio in Nashville, TN at the age of 3. At the age of 15, she enrolled in the Nashville School of the Arts. This allowed Chanice to grow not only as a dancer but as a choreographer as well. She has a lyrical vision like no other! You can feel her love and story telling as you watch Chanice’s pieces.
Chanice moved to Clarksville in 2014 hoping to continue her passion of dance and choreography. This will be Chanice’s fifth year with Natalie’s Dance Network.
Kemmian, a native of Jackson, TN, started studying dance at the age of 12. While in high school Kemmian booked his first gig with Wade Robson, a choreographer that showed Beard that dancing was more about movement than technique. While attending college at Middle Tennessee State University, he joined the Middle Tennessee Performing Arts Company. He later became an award winning choreographer for the company, winning the Twyla Tharp award for best choreography in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He founded his own company in 2005 that later became know as Southern Movement Dance Company. Since, he has choreographed and danced for some of today’s top artist in the industry, such as P.Diddy, Tamia, Trey Songz, Nappytabs, and Mia Michaels. In 2009, he was featured on the hit T.V. show for MTV, Randy Jackson’s “America’s Best Dance Crew”, where he choreographed and danced with selected members of his dance company. This will be Mr. Kemmian’s 5th year with Natalie’s Dance Network.
Cierra is a current graduate student at Austin Peay State University. She has been living in the Clarksville area for the past 13 years. She is a former dancer from Natalie’s Dance Network since 2004 where she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater. Cierra was on the award winning NDN competition company for 7 years where she received numerous awards performing her solos, duets, and groups. While Cierra was attending college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she danced for the Elite majorette team and was also crowned Miss Omega Psi in 2015. Cierra is excited to be back at her home roots and spread her love of dance to the next generation.
Jayonna grew up dancing in her hometown of Clarksville, TN. For 15 years she danced at Natalie’s Dance Network studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, tumbling and musical theater. After graduating high school, she attended Theater Arts Preparatory School (TAPS) in Las Vegas, NV. During the 6 month intensive, she trained with over 70 different instructors and choreographers in all genres of dance, singing, and acting. Through TAPS, she received many opportunities, including being a featured showgirl in the movie “ShowDogs”. She then performed in the summer show IllumiNight at SeaWorld in San Diego, CA, choreographed by Bonnie Story. She spend 4 months back in Las Vegas training specifically in tap with tap master Tony Coppola. She considers tap to be one of her specialties, including lyrical and musical theater. This will be Jayonna’s first year teaching full time at her home dance studio, NDN.
Favorite quote “The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.”