NATOSHA WASHINGTON HAS BEEN A CHOREOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR HER ENTIRE LIFE, BUT PROFESSIONALLY SINCE 2004, AFTER RECEIVING HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH IN MODERN DANCE.
Born in the south, and now living in Utah, Natosha Washington received her BFA in Modern Dance at the U of Utah in 2005. Since then she concurrently creates dance, teaches and serves the community, e.g. on the Salt Lake school district’s Equity Task Force or performing at the Martin Luther King Jr Day celebration. She first taught at Judge Memorial High, then Northwest Middle and now at West High, serving as its art department chair, dance specialist and dance company director. She received the award for Best Of State for all Public Education K-12 while at Northwest. Professional and collegiate companies in Utah, Idaho, W. Virginia and Texas have performed her work. Negotiating stereotyping, privilege, and identity each day as a Black woman, Washington embraces the challenges presented. Recognizing that art is only as strong as the community it serves, she focuses on illuminating and facilitating mutual respect and understanding as a teacher, mentor, creator and community leader.