S MERIDIAN, EAGLE
Nate started dancing in 1999 with the unlikely decision to take the Beginning Ballroom Dance phys-ed class at the California State University in Chico. What started as "a good old college try" turned into a passion that resonated much deeper than Nate expected. Nate took all the ballroom classes he could so many times he eventually stopped being able to get credit for them, so he came back as a teacher's assistant. Many external workshops and dance conferences later, Nate found himself teaching the very classes that sparked his interest in the first place.
After teaching at Chico State for a few years, Nate branched out into teaching for a friend who was starting his own ballroom dance nightclub in town. Also around this time, Nate had the opportunity to teach dance to a group of homeschool kids, as well as dance with a salsa team in the Sacramento area. Nate was selected to perform at an Oakland Raiders halftime show with the salsa group.
The beginning of 2007 took Nate out to upstate New York, and he found his next teaching opportunity at a private dance studio in the Albany area. Nate was able to continue his own education through learning rueda (think square dancing, but with salsa music), and refine his teaching style further when a blind student signed up for his class. It was a great way to develop the ability to connect with the auditory learners in a group rather than primarily with the visual and tactile learners.
A couple years later, Nate returned to the west coast and to Chico State. Teaching for a few more semesters eventually gave way to a budding project management career, marriage, and kids on the way. It was time to hang up the dance shoes, at least for a little while. Now that Nate's family is in the Treasure Valley, it's a great time to get back into teaching and finding ways to help enrich what is already a wonderful community. Versed in teaching class sizes from 4 to 94, Nate has also taught private lessons and wedding couples. Nate teaches both "traditional-" and "street-" style dances, including waltz, tango, foxtrot, swing (including east coast and west coast swing), rumba, cha-cha, hustle, nightclub two-step, salsa, and rueda. Nate's favorite is salsa, and he enjoys helping everyone find and love their own favorite!