• Kerry Aradhya

    profile picture of Kerry Aradhya Kerry began her eclectic dance training at Long's School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania, but fell head over heels for modern dance during her college days at Duke University. Barbara Dickinson, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Gerri Houlihan, and Alvin Mayes are among the teachers who have inspired her the most over the years. Today she is a science editor at a genetic information company but continues to pursue her passion for dance. Kerry has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Isadora Duncan Project, Joan Karff's New Dance Group, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, and Kinor Dance Company. A founding member of the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, she is honored to be dancing with the company again after a long hiatus.

  • Julia Canavese Elizondo

    profile picture of Julia Canavese Elizondo Julia has been an active member of the Silicon Valley arts scene for more than 20 years. Graduating from Santa Clara University with a BA in Theatre Arts with a Dance Emphasis, Julia studied primarily Horton technique, although she also has training in Graham, Cunningham, and Lewitzky, as well as jazz, tap, ballroom, and folk dance. In 2012 and 2016, Julia participated in a two-week dance intensive at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London where she studied a mix of contemporary technique, contact improvisation, choreography, and Flying Low technique. She is honored to dance with Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre, Kusanovich Dance, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, and High Release Dance.

    In addition to dance performance, Julia is a passionate arts administrator. She works for SVCreates as Communications & Brand Manager, focusing on web content editing for Content Magazine. Volunteer activities include: Steering Committee Member of genARTS Silicon Valley; Department 2nd of Fanime Black & White Ball; and Board Member of PUSH Dance Company. Julia enjoys every opportunity she can to engage in meaningful expression through the arts and is committed to the growth of the arts sector as a whole.

  • Maggie Hurd-Fleck

    profile picture of Maggie Hurd-Fleck Maggie grew up in the Bay Area and began her dance training at the Adage School of Performing Arts and Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area. In 2012 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Santa Barbara, in which she was awarded Honors Distinction in the major as well as Emerging Choreographer. She has had the opportunity to perform with many dance projects throughout the Bay Area and California such as Blind Tiger Society, Ka.nei.see Dance Collective, Scratch Dance, and H2O Dance Company. Maggie also has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University Brooklyn and is currently a Physical Therapist at Westcott Physical Therapy in Los Altos.

  • Emma Jahde

    profile picture of Emma Jahde Emma has been dancing and performing ever since she could first stand up. After training at various studios throughout the Bay Area, she went to Muhlenberg College and obtained a Dance Science degree there in 2017. At Muhlenberg she had the opportunity to work with both local and international artists, choreograph for the school's annual Candlelight Carols concert, and participate at American College Dance Association (ACDA) conferences. She returned to the Bay Area and caught the teaching bug, and has been teaching dance for ages 2-18 since. She received her CA Dance Teaching Credential in 2022 from CSUEB, and currently she leads the Dance Program at Pioneer High School and their fabulous Dance Team. She has been with Natasha since 2018 and has appreciated the multiple performance opportunities and two pieces of choreography she has done for her shows. When not dancing Emma is mostly found sleeping and eating, though she attempts to make time for her friends and family and follow her other passions of traveling, reading, and anything crafty and creative.

  • Marissa Kuczkowski

    profile picture of Marissa Kuczkowski Marissa Kuczkowski was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina, where she received her first 16 years of dance training at Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA). Marissa then continued her dance studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), graduating in December 2019 with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a minor in Anthropology. During her undergraduate studies, Marissa also studied abroad at London Contemporary Dance School and fulfilled internships with non-profit companies across the US including Dance Exchange (Takoma Park, MD), Dance Project (Greensboro, NC), Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (San Francisco, CA), and Zaccho Dance Theater (San Francisco, CA).

    Since graduating, Marissa has enjoyed opportunities to explore her artistic and personal practices on a farm in Athens, GA, in a U-Haul Box Truck traveling across the United States, and in the lush sands and sea of Hawaii. Landing in the Bay Area in the fall of 2021, Marissa has enjoyed performing with the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble and independent choreographer Lydia Feuerhelm. Marissa is also the Archival Intern at Deborah Slater Dance Theatre (San Francisco, CA), an Administrative Associate at Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (Burlington, NC), and the Programming and Development Coordinator for KARIZMA Performing Arts Company (Burlington, NC).

  • Jeanne-Claudius Martin

    profile picture of Jeanne-Claudius Martin Jeanne-Claudius (JC) Martin is a Bay Area native who began their dance career studying jazz with Marie Stinnett and appearing in local community theater productions both on and off stage. They continued dancing through their time at Humboldt State University, falling in love with modern dance and how it celebrated all the weird and wonderful ways you could move your body. Since emerging from the emerald forests of Northern California they're happy to have found a home for their love of dance and performing as they pursue their career as a science educator. A former camp counselor for the Girl Scouts of America, JC is also a designated removal escort for any bugs that find their way into the studio during rehearsals.

  • Alyssa Plummer

    profile picture of Alyssa Plummer Originally from Sunnyvale, Alyssa began dancing ballet at a young age, and then continued to dance all throughout college. She earned a double major Bachelors in Science in Dance Choreography and Performance and Biochemistry, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary's College of California. In college she started training seriously in modern dance, and fell in love with dance all over again. Her choreography thesis performance was presented at the American College Dance Association. She enjoys dancing, choreographing, and teaching. Alyssa loves the feeling of dance, and the creative freedom. She currently works as Manager of Academic Services for various Saint Mary's Graduate programs. She also teaches dance for students from 3 to 18 years old. In her free time she enjoys playing with her four cats, playing video games and trying new food.

  • Clara Yang

    profile picture of Clara Yang Clara fell into the wonders and joys of dance through her seven years competing in colorguard and winterguard. She loves the whole rehearsal process and how movement, colors, breath, song, and acting all come together for a moment's connection with a stranger. At Syracuse University, she dove deeper into the world of dance through a potpourri of dance classes and through dancing and choreographing with Orange Pulse Dance Troupe. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area where she got the privilege to pioneer and teach a dance and flag ministry at Forerunner Christian Church and dance with ArtistEdge Dance Company. She is thrilled now for the opportunity to grow as a dancer and performer with the talented and fun group of NCDE and to be a part of bringing Natasha's creative ideas to life.