Photo Caption: Dancer and educator Natalie L’Etoile of East Islip has joined the faculty at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts as a dance instructor.
Professionally trained dancer and educator Natalie L’Etoile of East Islip has been appointed dance instructor at Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts. She brings more than 20 years of experience to LIHSA’s dance department faculty.
Ms. L’Etoile began her career in Anchorage, where she served as dance instructor, company dancer and choreographer for the Alaska Dance Theatre, as well as an adjunct professor of modern dance at the University of Alaska. From there, she brought her teaching skills to the New York City School system. She served as a dance teaching-artist for the Learning through Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), and taught physical education at the Middle School for Gifted and Talented students.
Ms. L’Etoile holds a bachelor’s degree in modern dance from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Physical Education from Queens College. She holds New York State certification as a teacher of both dance and physical education. She intends to combine her expertise in dance, choreography, fitness, nutrition and yoga to help build enrollment in what she sees as “a well-established, strong dance program” at LIHSA.
Ms. L’Etoile’s goal as a teacher is to give her students every opportunity to grow and succeed, not only as dancers, but as well-rounded individuals. “The more they study their art, the more experience they will get. The more range they have as performers, the more versatile they will be when it comes time to choose a career. The more they diversify themselves, the more options they will have professionally.”
“This feels like coming home,” Ms. L’Etoile said of her new position on the LIHSA dance faculty. “This school is very welcoming; there’s a family feel at LIHSA. I’m thrilled to be here.”
For over 45 years, LIHSA has been a powerhouse for the development of Long Island’s creative and cultural sector, offering programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Special Effects, Digital Media, Fine Arts and Film. LIHSA challenges current thinking and practice while producing graduates who are innovators and leaders. The school’s alumni are working all over the world on stage, on screen, behind the scenes, and leading major events and organizations.