My name is Natalka and I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I definitely did not realize how lucky I was to grow up near the Rocky Mountains when I was a kid! We spent a lot of time at the cabin, and I loved it, but I had no idea how lucky I really was to have all this in my backyard. But now I do!
I have always been heavily involved in the arts and I focused mainly on dance. I have a BA in contemporary dance with a specialization in ballet. I am also a certified ballet teacher with Cecchetti Canada. I danced and choreographed professionally as a freelancer and also with several companies for over ten years. I founded the dance company Luminare Dance Projects (formerly Trip the Light Dance Company). I have been teaching dance in professional and competitive settings for over 15 years and I still love it!
My other side of my career is working as a mental health Counsellor. I have my MA in Counselling Psychology and I am a licensed Counsellor. I am working towards registration as a psychologist. I work mainly with adolescents and dancers/athletes. I love my jobs!
I love being in nature and adventuring in the outdoors. It’s my favorite form of self-care and helps me to battle anxiety and depression. I love hiking, being on water, camping, snowshoeing, skating and I have a super long list of other activities I want to try. I also love gardening and plants- I have over 100 indoor plants!
I have a 3.5 year old whippet who loves to adventure with me! He also has a great sense of fashion and has a full closet of clothing for adventures.