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NATASHA ROYKA

PASSIONATE.  CURIOUS.  EXPERIENCED.  MULTIFACETED.

A traditionalist in the belief of the importance of dance technique, Natasha’s training in classical ballet includes studies with Margot Parsons, Madame Nora Irinova, the Boston Conservatory of Music, Ballet Theatre of Boston (José Mateo Ballet Theatre) and the Goh Ballet Academy. She has teacher training in the Legat Ballet Syllabus (Russian) and Cuban Ballet Syllabus. Her Contemporary training is grounded in the Limon technique, with experience in Graham, Duncan, Contact Improvisation, Jazz and Tap. With over twenty eight years of professional teaching experience with all ages, Natasha weaves her knowledge into classes that encourage artistry, musicality and technical growth.  She has taught for The Newton Arts Center (MA), the Burnaby Arts Center (BC), Dance Educators (Ottawa, ON), the Carleton University Centre for Recreation (Ottawa, ON) and the Sacred Dance Guild as well as at studios, community centers and with private students in the US and Canada. She is an alumni of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Lee, MA) and the Massachusetts’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASSMoCA) Directing Dance for Camera Workshop. 

Natasha and Pilates  

Natasha’s introduction to the Pilates work happened when her body was out of equilibrium from years of dance training, teaching and performance. Unable to dance and having difficulty walking, her chiropractor suggested trying Pilates. This led to 3 years private study on all the equipment, 2001 Certification with Helene Roy, assisting Helene Roy with her teacher training program and teaching at the Pilates Centre of Ottawa. Guided by studies and input from Pilates elder Mary Bowen, Natasha started the Pilates program at the Natasha Royka Movement Studio with the intention of exploring the bridge between the therapeutic link in Pilates and Dance, a unique approach with a foundation in the traditional work of Joseph Pilates.  She has over 12,000 hours of practical experience teaching the Pilates Work and is walking and dancing with joy.  She is a passionate advocate for the work and it’s potential for increased health and well being.

 Natasha and Performance

Natasha’s theatrical dance work includes performances for Ottawa’s Museum of Nature Grand Re-opening (2010. Collaboration with Dancer/Creator Annie Hickman), Ottawa Lumiere Festival (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Christmas Lights Across Canada/Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Herb Fest (2007- 2015), Sculptor John Ceprano’s Rock Sculptures (Remic Rapids, Ottawa), Dance Kapital, The Mercury Lounge, Informal Presentations (Quebec City), as well as First Night (Kelowna BC) and choreographic work for theatre and musicals (Grease, Urinetown).  From 2000-2007 she curated and produced Sanctuary Series, showcasing dance artists including Lainie Towell, Frey Faust, Marianne Thorborg, Kenneth Emig, Elizabeth MacKinnon, Catherine Lipscombe and Caroline Barrière.  A dancer who is comfortable working within the frame, Her video dances have been viewed at American Dance Festival and in Ottawa.  Creative in her envisioning of movement‘s potential, Natasha has created choreography and done performance coaching with elite figure skaters (Nepean Skating Club, Ottawa ON) and actors (Sockin’Buskin Theatre, Ottawa ON).  In 2010, she presented the Transitional Walk work at the Sacred Dance Festival in New Haven CT.

Natasha has a BFA in Art/Art History from Simmons College.  She studied painting/sculpture/printmaking with private teachers and at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).  When not in the Studio working with dance and movement, she can be found outside painting.

Natasha can be reached at natasharoykamoves@yahoo.com

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
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