Natalie Desch

Assistant Professor

Natalie Desch,a BFA graduate of theJuilliard School and an MFA graduate of the University of Washington, performed for five seasons with the Limón Dance Company and eleven seasons with Doug Varone and Dancers in NYC. During that time, she also danced in various productions at the Metropolitan Opera and other regional opera companies––Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Palm Beach Opera, Longleaf Opera (NC), Lincoln Center Institute (NYC). From 2005-2012 she taught at Hunter College (City University of New York) and has also been a visiting faculty member at Weber State University (UT), the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Beijing Dance Academy.She additionally has taught for the following summer residencies or festivals: Doug Varone and Dancers, the Limón Dance Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Utah Ballet Summer Intensive, UNCSA, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Bates Dance Festival, and the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, among others. Natalie has restaged the works of Daniel Charon, Jirí Kylián, José Limón, and Doug Varone on dance and opera companies around the world, and her choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US. From 2014-2019 Natalie was on faculty at Utah Valley University and Westminster College, and she continues to teach at Ballet West Academy in SLC. She is extremely excited to be joining the University of Utah’s School of Dance as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2019.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the University of Utah’s School of Dance and the legacy of training and research that has made it such a respected entity in the field. It is exciting to be a part of the School's comprehensive vision, not only supporting the creative and scholarly inquiry of its community members, but also championing active engagement for all aspects of learners, be they undergraduate or graduate students or faculty members. The generosity and positive energy shared while visiting the School of Dance was very moving to me. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such a remarkable faculty and gratefully look forward to working with the School’s talented young artists as they discover, grow, and create.”