Natasha Marko

Natasha began studying dance as a student of Betty Parlier.  She studied intensively at Betty’s School of Dance, beginning at the age of four,  and also traveled for study at other programs and conventions.  She attended the NC Governor’s School for dance, and then continued her study of dance at Meredith College and UNC-Charlotte.   In 2005, Natasha became the owner of Betty’s School of Dance upon Betty’s retirement, having studied as an apprentice with the studio  for nearly nine years prior to the transition.  Miss Betty told Dance Teacher Magazine in the 2008 December issue that she was confident that her long-standing tradition of strong technical training and nurturing artistic development would continue gracefully.

In 2005, Natasha received a B.A. Degree in Anthropology from UNC-Charlotte, as she also began her career as the new studio owner of Betty’s School of Dance.  Since her ownership  of the studio, Betty’s School of Dance has grown into a spacious 9400 square foot studio in downtown Statesville.  Natasha currently instructs classes in ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz.  She has directed and choreographed numerous concerts and productions including Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and the Nutcracker.  She has also worked as a performer and choreographer for productions and social events, and  continues her dance training through annual courses and certifications.  

Natasha is a graduate of the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School at the State University of New York at Buffalo and is the Janet-Bachna Scholar for her graduating class.  She also continues to travel and stay current with choreography and dance trends by taking classes with those at the center of the dance and education scene.  Natasha is a current member of Dance Masters of America, Carolina Dance Masters, National Dance Education Organization and the North Carolina Dance Alliance.

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