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 2018/2019.
Although Natalie has been blessed with a great dance career, her biggest accomplishment is being married to her best friend, Ben for 20 years and being the mommy of three wonderful children. She has a 16 year old daughter, Kender, a 14 year old son, Camden, and a109year 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 seventh 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 7th year with Natalie’s Dance Network.
Cierra is entering her 4th year of teaching at Rossview High School. At RHS, she is a chemistry teacher and the head coach of the RHS dance team. In May 2019, she graduated with her Masters of Teaching from Austin Peay State Univerisity. She has been living in the Clarksville area for the past 14 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 third year teaching at her home dance studio, NDN.
Favorite quote “The grass isn’t greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.”
MIKAILA O’NEAL (COMING SOON)
Mikaila was born and raised, not only in Clarksville, but in our very own studio! She is 23 years old and a substitute teacher with the Clarksville Montgomery County School System. She loves anything active and being outdoors along with spending time with her family and friends. At the age of 2, Mikaila began her dance career at NDN. She continued on that path for 14 years in which 9 of those years were spent on the NDN competition company. She was able to be a part of the very first dance team at her high school, Pope John Paul 2. After graduating, she took a few years off to travel. Mikaila enrolled at The University of South Carolina Aiken and joined their dance team. They went on to compete at several college competitions and she won camp leader of the week for young girls. Over the years, Mikaila has worked with children on many levels and she looks forward to a new beginning sharing her passion with our upcoming generation.
Kelly grew up in Auburn, Alabama and studied dance at Auburn Ballet School and Variations. While studying dance and theatre at Auburn University, she was selected by AU Dance to perform in Colony (by choreographer Bill Evans) for the American College Dance Festival Association National Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. After earning her B.A. in theatre from Auburn University she worked as an extra on films in Atlanta and continued to teach dance and choreograph in Auburn for afterschool programs and Auburn Area Community Theatre productions including Hairspray! The Musical and Young Frankenstein.
In 2019, she moved to Nashville to continue work in the performing arts and to have more quality time with her fiancé Doug. She worked as School Associate for the School of Nashville Ballet as well as Guest Artist for the Nashville Ballet’s afterschool enrichment program “Ballet Club.” She encourages people to live a healthy lifestyle and dance is one of many ways to bring out a positive attitude! Kelly just moved to Clarksville and is thrilled to continue to teach dance in her new community. When you don’t find Kelly in the dance studio, she is off on a traveling adventure with Doug or creating recipes in the kitchen!