Natalia “Boogs” Whalen is a teaching artist and has been studying dance for seventeen years. She is experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character, flamenco, belly dancing, Latin dances, African, breakdancing, and hip hop. Natalia has trained at Darrell Pucciarello Dance, Berkshire Pulse, The Nutmeg Conservatory, Boston Ballet summer intensive and was a member of Ballets Metropolis. She has taught ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Latin Fusion to people of all ages and levels. At the age of 16 Natalia began her career as a teacher and choreographer at Darrell Pucciarello Dance. Natalia has taught hip hop at an enrichment program at the Christian Center in Pittsfield, and taught hip hop and ballet at the YMCA, has been a counselor for dance and movement at the Art Omi Summer Camp in Ghent, New York. She also worked at Gymnastics Unlimited alongside Susan Kapchinske, teaching the performance team hip hop and floor routines. Professionally, Natalia was featured in Cosmonaut Radio’s music video “Kill Or Be Killed”. Natalia also works closely with the WordXWord festival in Pittsfield, MA. She was a coach and mentor for Youth Speak summer 2015, and has taught multiple spoken word workshops for high school students. Currently she is a dance teacher at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Berkshire Salsa, and the Renaissance Arts Center.