Natasha Frater: Big City Dreams

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The South London dancer has changed locations but her focus remains the same

At a young age, Natasha Frater knew that dance was more than just a hobby. She doesn’t dance simply because she wants to, but rather to appease the undying passion and emotions that the craft gives her. She needs it. It was this passion that made her fall in love with dance as a little girl and eventually jump on a plane and take a leap of faith to the United States as a young woman. Now that she is settled in to the Big Apple, Frater is in the perfect space to use her passion and talent to propel her to the big time.

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“My parents always strove to provide my family with a wealth of opportunities particularly where education was concerned”

Frater was born and raised in Great Britain surrounded by love and quality family values. “My parents always strove to provide my family with a wealth of opportunities particularly where education was concerned,” She says. “It was during my time at school that I was introduced to dance classes.” She has since become adept in several styles of dance, including Jazz, Modern, Ballet, House, Caribbean, African and her focus, contemporary dance. “I feel that this is my strongest genre because this style of movement really compliments my body and resonates with my own artistic interests,” She says.

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“Initially the move was challenging because I came to the city by myself and took on a lot of projects”

Frater feels that the move to the US has been beneficial in her development as an artist from it’s wealth of creative opportunities. While she’s grown accustomed to New York City life, she did deal with her share of adjustments upon arrival. “Initially the move was challenging because I came to the city by myself and took on a lot of projects,” She says. “Finding my way around a new city and maintaining a sense of balance was at times a very tough task, however I feel that this period has helped me to grow much stronger both as a person and as an artist.”

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“My long term goal is to create my own dance  studio/school”

Natasha has embraced her new life and has enjoyed her share of accomplishments, including dancing for “Katharine Pettit Creative”, a popular NYC dance theater. As she continues to progress, she hopes to provide inspiration to those coming after her. “My long term goal is to create my own dance studio/school,” She says “It is my wish to create a safe, nurturing space with a range of resources where the next generation of aspiring dancers and dance enthusiasts can find their own artistic voice.” Natasha Frater’s own artistic voice has brought her to another country, but when surrounded by other dancers, artist and creatives, she is very much at home.

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