Natasha Middleton


Natasha Middleton 1997

Originally from Tasmania, Natasha Middleton is respected as one of Australia's most distinguished dancers, beginning her career in Tasmania with the Tasmanian Ballet Company before moving to the West Australian Ballet in 1980. Natasha danced as Principal Dancer of the West Australian Ballet, working very closely with director and choreographer Barry Moreland, creating many full-length roles. Her classical experience during the '80s saw her perform as principal dancer in roles including Clara in The Nutcracker Suite, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Marguerite in Lady of the Camellias and the leading role in Giselle.

In 1984 she was awarded the Adams Award for the best female classical dancer in a state company. Natasha then accepted an invitation to dance as a principal for the London City Ballet for two years during which time she also danced as guest artist with Ballet Classico de Zaragoza, Le Ballet du Nord and Scottish Contemporary Dance Theatre.

On returning to Australia, Natasha toured to the Philippines in Australian Stars of Ballet with Principal Dancers of the Australian Ballet. In 1988 Natasha danced a solo role in the National Bicentennial Tour of VAST, choreographed by Graeme Murphy, and received outstanding praise for her performance of the virtuoso ballerina role in Balanchine's Allegro Brillante. 1994 saw her tour with The Queensland Ballet Company and with the Australian Opera's production of The Trojans choreographed by Graeme Murphy. Afterwards she was invited to join the Sydney Dance Company, touring to Japan with productions of Synergy with Synergy and The Protecting Veil.

With extensive teaching experience, Natasha has worked as a teacher and coach at the City Dance Centre and the Victorian College of the Arts. She specialises in private dance coaching as well as teaching, choreographing and performing. In 2004 she choreographed and performed her own work Eterne as part of the Rub Collective. After which she returned to Perth and performed in Aqueos as a founding member of co.loaded - one of Australia's dance companies for mature artists. She is also continuing to develop as an actor performing at La Mama in a dance theatre production of Heloise and Abelard. Natasha completed her first narrative dance film Merge as writer/director and had it screened on the ABC.

Natasha was a company member with Tasdance in 1997 and performed in Passion fruit and TEASE and choreographed The Journey Suite No.2 and Midnight's Child for the Tasmanian Poetry and Dance Festival. Natasha worked as the rehearsal director for Tasdance in 2003 for Fair Game, for Light and Shade in 2004 and in 2006 for the Earth Beneath our Feet.