Natalia Rueda

Dancer. Instructor. Choreographer. Coach

Lindy Hop. Jazz. Balboa. Blues. West Coast Swing

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"Natalia has a depth of teaching experience that only comes with years of nurturing dancers daily from their first steps, to first place in national competitions. She's amazing at coaching leaders to connect clearly and master their movement, teaching followers to react instinctively and find their voice, and everyone to find the joy of jazz."
Byron Alley. Professional Swing dancer.  
Victoria, Canada


Natalia began her career in the arts industry in Colombia, where she was born and raised. She holds 1st place titles in singing competitions, Cheerleading and Karate, a strong foundation on which she developed her athletic and vivacious dance and performance style. 

After moving to Canada, she discovered Swing dancing in 2005 and co-founded Swing Dynamite, the city's first dedicated Swing school and performance troupe, in 2006. Natalia started dancing Lindy Hop at age 17 and at age 19, she had already led a Swing dance team to take a silver medal at the Canadian Swing Championships, one of the many places where she now teaches and judges competitions.

As a performer, she has danced on many stages across Canada and the US. Highlights include dancing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, on TV with Rogers, ATV, CTV and Canada TV. She has also danced and acted in TV commercials. 

Natalia is a Lindy Hop, Jazz, Balboa, Blues and West Coast Swing champion. She is also a trilingual international Swing instructor who has been sharing her knowledge and passion for over a decade. 


ACHIEVEMENTS

Team Awards

FIRST PLACE

  • 2016 Canadian Swing Championships 
    Swing ConneXion
  • 2015 Canadian Swing Championships 
    Swing ConneXion
  • 2015 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown
    Rain City Rhythm
  • 2014 Canadian Swing ChampionshipsSwing Dynamite's TNTeam

SECOND PLACE

  • 2017 Canadian Swing Championships
    Swing ConneXion
  • 2015 Canadian Swing Championships
    Swing ConneXion
  • 2013 Canadian Swing Championships
    The Hot Tamales
  • 2007, 2009, 2011 Canadian Swing Championships
    The Dynamite Girls

THIRD PLACE 

  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    The Dynamite Girls

PERSONAL AWARDS

FIRST PLACE

  • 2017 Dig Tha Feet Festival
    Pro Showcase division
  • 2017 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa division
  • 2016 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa division
  • 2016 Canadian Swing Championships
    West Coast Swing division
  • 2013 Montreal Dance Fest
    West Coast Swing Jack n' Jill division
  • 2013 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa division
  • 2013 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa Jack n' Jill division
  • 2011 Montreal Balboa Revue
    Balboa Jack n' Jill division
  • 2011 Canadian Swing Championships
    Pro in the Pro-Am division
  • 2011 Canadian Swing Championships
    Blues division
  • 2011 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa division
  • 2010 Swingin' New England Championships
    West Coast Swing Jack 'n Jill division
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    Blues division
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    Solo Blues division 
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    West Coast Swing Jack 'n Jill division
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    West Coast Swing division
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa division 
  • 2010 Canadian Swing Championships
    Balboa Jack 'n Jill division
  • 2010 Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships
    West Coast Swing division 
  • 2010 Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships
    West Coast Swing Jack 'n Jill division

Testimonials

  • Zack Richard
    Professional Swing dancer
    Montreal, Canada

           "Working with Natalia is a great pleasure! Her creativity and professionalism are stellar, and she's not afraid to push the envelope to create a vision that is truly hers!"

  • Danae Lyginos
    Dance school manager
    Nijmegen, Netherlands

           “We were delighted to host Natalia in Nijmegen. She really made a big difference, not just to the level of dancing of our scene, but also to the attitude and enthusiasm of the people towards the dance itself! All of her classes literally combine everything: technique, rhythm, musicality and fun!"

  • Alice Bourgasser
    Professional modern dancer
    Noisy-le-Grand, France

           “Describing Natalia is very hard and also very easy. She is the best Swing teacher I have ever had: her precision, her knowledge and her kindness helped me so much in my solo Jazz! I’m a better dancer thanks to Natalia. I’ve learned so much, having so much fun, that I will always be grateful to her!”
  • Carlos Martínez
    Dance student
    Cuidad de México, México

           “Natalia no sólo es una excelente bailarina, también una excelente maestra y un magnífico ser humano que deja en cada una de sus clases la pasión necesaria para inspirarte a crecer día a día. Aprender de ella ha sido una de las experiencias más gratificantes de mi vida.

  • Dominique Jean
    Dance student
    Montreal, Canada

           "En plus d'être une danseuse de grand talent, Natalia est une coach qui travaille avec énormément de professionnalisme. She knows what she's doing et amène ses étudiants au niveau supérieur. J'ai adoré chacune de mes pratiques coachées par Natalia. Beaucoup de plaisir!"

  • Raphaël Desmaison
    Dance student
    Toulouse, France

           "It's been a real pleasure to have a coach that respects your style and creativity while still giving you technical keys to get better. We can easily figure out that Natalia has a strong dance background and that she uses it efficiently. Her dance philosophy has a reflection, a deepness, that gives an human side that is very appreciated."

  • Caro Cervantes
    Dance student
    Ciudad de México, México

         "Me gusta la pasión, entrega y alegría que refleja Natalia al momento de impartir talleres. La semilla que dejó en México me motiva a regar todos los días la pasión y amor por el Lindy Hop."