18 Year Old Ballet Dancer Guest post by Natalia Barulich

I am Natalia Barulich. I grew up in the Bay Area of California and trained with Sarah Jane Maesor & Ayako Takahashi. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, now I am 18 years old. And I am a Capricorn.

At age 15, I moved to Washington D.C. to dance with the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet under the training of Jacqueline Achmedowa. I then went on to dance with the Diablo Ballet as an apprentice, and this past year I danced in the corps de ballet with the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami.

I have attended summer programs at the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre of NYC, The Kirov Academy, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory of NY & the Royal Academy of Dance. I have won top awards in competitions all over the country & 3rd place in the Youth America Grand Prix in Dallas, TX in ’09. I received Top 12 in both the Classical & Contemporary categories for the Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in both 2007 & 2009.

I have danced pretty much every style from ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, African, salsa, ballroom, etc. I love the way it makes me feel. You can express yourself without words but through the movements. You can be having the worst day.. & when you go and dance it seems like nothing in the world is wrong.

When I dance by myself and when I dance in front of others, I feel the exact same. I truly dance like no one is watching. I only focus on myself in a class, that’s what you’re there for..improving yourself, no one else.

Music is the key to good dance. We move to the beat and the rhythm & without it, the dancing isn’t together. My favorite dance music would be classical since I am a professional ballerina & we dance to that. But outside of the studio, I love electronic/ house music to dance to. That type of music gives me a natural energy… it’s amazing.

Through dancing, I feel a sense of liberation. Sometimes it feels as if you’re flying.

I have a website http://www.nataliabarulich.com. It’s still under construction at the moment, but will be alive soon.