Natalie holds a BA in Dance from San Jose State University, and is currently working to obtain her MA in Dance from the University of California, Long Beach. Originally from the Bay Area, Natalie has teaching experience in several different areas of dance education. She has choreographed and co-directed for several theater and dance productions at education facilities such as Valley Christian Conservatory, The Harker School, Theatreworks Conservatory, and The Children's Musical Theatre San Jose. In addition, she has several years' experience coaching competitive dance teams including the Wilcox Dance Team at Santa Clara Unified and Vision Dance All-Stars in San Jose. Natalie has dance training and performance experience in modern, contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. She is excited to be taking on the hip-hop and tap/jazz classes for the Studio's Dance Program, as well as taking on the role of Director/ Choreographer for MTC's Spring main stage production.
McLaughlin Studios would like to welcome our newest dance teacher, Leah Cenatiempo. Leah comes to us with eight years of dance experience, including tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, musical theater, and swing. She is an energetic and enthusiastic dance instructor and performer. Leah has performed for the last five years as a tap dancer for the annual “Polar Express” event presented by the California State Railroad Museum, and has several years of experience in theater and performance arts. In addition to all of her dance commitments, she is also a former swim coach and is currently pursuing her degree in education and history at Sierra College. Her goal is to become an elementary or high school teacher.