Natalie Gotter is a dance artist currently located in Salt Lake City, UT. As a dance performer, choreographer, instructor, filmmaker and researcher, her career has brought her from New Orleans to Chicago to settle in the mountains. She received her MFA in Modern Dance with emphasis on Gender Studies and Screendance Certification from the University of Utah. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she received her early dance training at the Youth Dance Ensemble and School for 13 years under Leanne "Dixie" Rairamo and Apple Valley Modern under Catherine Wright. She has studied with noted faculty such as: John Allen, Michaela Cannon, Daniel Clifton, Diogo De Lima, Jeffrey Gunshol, Eric Handman, Barbara Hayley, Molly Heller, Satu Hummasti, and Alice Pascal-Escher. As a performing artist, she has been a featured and ensemble dancer in works by Florian Alberge, John Allen, Michaela Cannon, Ashley Creek, Michael Crotty, Fiona, Nelson, Dat Nguyen, and Beverly Trask. She was a featured dancer in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration in 2011. In New Orleans, she was a guest artist and apprentice for Tsunami Dance Co., directed by Kettye Voltz, and guest artist and choreographer for Avatar Dance Co., directed by Monica Ordoñez. In Chicago, she was a featured choreographer and performer with Gorilla Tango Theater, directed by Emily Leonard. Her choreographic works have been presented in New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Minneapolis, including multiple evening-length self-produced and collaborative research based concerts: "Magazine St. #22" for the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival and "LMN Mov't No. 1" featuring collaborations with local dance artists. Natalie is a seasonal guest faculty and performing artist at the Youth Dance Ensemble in Minneapolis and on faculty at dance studios throughout the Salt Lake valley. She continues to teach and research in higher education at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Panama.
Eliza Kitchens is a junior in the Modern Dance program at the University of Utah. During her time in the School of Dance she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Satu Hummasti, Daniel Clifton, and Maddie Anderson, among others. She has also had the opportunity to perform installation, performance art pieces at Salt Lake Film Society Tower Theatre and at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Maya Gurantz. She enjoys the multitude of opportunities for performance and dance-making at the University of Utah. Currently, Eliza is studying the role of play and honesty within performance.
From the Pacific Northwest, Nora Lang grew up Training at Bainbridge Island Dance Center, in ballet, Modern, and Jazz, with a dash of Scandinavian Folk Dance and Musical Theatre. Her time spent at folk music camps and Settle’s Folk Life Festival is where she gained appreciation for contemporary and folk arts. After relocating to salt Lake City, Nora is currently a 2019 BFA candidate in Modern Dance at the University of Utah. Nora has attended workshops by LajaMartin, Ririe Woodbury Dance Company’s Move It with Kate Weare Dance Company’s member Nicole Vaughan-Diaz, The Taylor 2 Company at Red Rock Dance Festival, and Doug Varone and Dancer’s winter intensive. Nora is a believer in collaborative arts and identifies as a cross disciplinary artist. As a performer and choreographer she is currently researching structured improvisations, and how eternal stimuli like costuming or lighting enhances the performers experience. Outside the studio, you can find her on hikes, taking photographs, rollerblading, or playing a fiddle.
Dat Nguyen, a native from Vietnam, is a choreographer, photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist that is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his BFA degree in Dance at Sam Houston State University and is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Modern Dance with a Screendance Certificate at the University of Utah – School of Dance. As a choreographer, Dat employs collage as a waty to tell his story that often leads to the somatic experience and understanding of his complexed identity. As a visual artist, Dat loves exploring different media/technologies and their often intangible relationship with dance. This allows him to expand his artistic landscapes and understand the dancing bodies through invigorated perspectives. He founded his own business - MotionVivid™ - in 2014 to further his research and expand his artistic practice to local communities that he is serving. His theatrical works and collaborations have been seen at multiple venues and festivals around the country, including 12 Minute Max, Bailando International Dance Festival, MUDSON, The Forbidden Fruits, Marriott Center for Dance, Jim & Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, and The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. His photos have been seen in major publications, including Salt Lake City Weekly, SLUG Magazine, loveDANCEmore, and PhotoVouge by Vouge Italia. At the moment, Dat focuses his research on performance and its relationship to the spectacle - a theory developed by French philosopher Guy Debord that tackles inequality and injustice in terms of mass media, entertainment, art, and the capitalist economy.
Emma Sargent is a freelance dancer, dance-maker, and performance artist living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her creative interests include multidisciplinary performance, contact improvisation and partnering, and promoting marginalized voices through art. She recently completed a BFA in Modern Dance and a BA in Gender Studies from the University of Utah. While at the University, Emma had the pleasure of working with choreographers and artists including Satu Hummasti, Daniel Clifton, Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi, and Katie Faulkner. In 2017, Emma performed as a guest dancer with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in their piece “Snowmelt,” choreographed by artistic director Daniel Charon. Recently, Emma has performed with Cat + Fish Dances and Deseret Experimental Opera Company as a dancer and singer. She has also presented work alongside LMN Mov’t, a collective made up of Peter Larsen, Meagan Bertelsen, and Natalie Gotter.
Emma Wilson is a body-based artist from Houston. They live in Salt Lake City doing strange acts at drag shows, making dances for a variety of contexts and working as a community garden coordinator. They have forayed from SLC to tour an alter-ego workshop they developed and a self-structured solo called LadyPrince is Yung&Bizzy. Emma collaborates with The Forbidden Fruits, Operation Gender Juice, Deseret Experimental Opera and occasionally writes for lovedancemore. Emma harnesses the power of embarrassment and play to make socially engaged performance work. They are figuring out how to share resources more effectively and how to offer modes of care and support for the communities they continue to feel cared and supported by.