Spotlight: Natalie Cist ’19

By Greta Risgin, Editor-in-Chief. Photo by Ambrose Photography

Natalie began her athletic journey at a young age; she started dancing around the age of three or four and quickly fell in love. Natalie is now a senior at LCA, meaning she’s been dancing for about a decade and a half. When our journalists at the Blue and White asked Natalie what her favorite style of dance was, she said it changes all the time, but right now it’s tap. Besides tap, she’s done ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She even said she tried hip-hop at one point! When we talked to Natalie, she wanted to make it clear that, even though she was getting a student-athlete spotlight, she did not think of dance as a sport, but an art. You can read about Natalie’s thoughts on dance as an art form here. Natalie dances in a spring recital every year and in the Nutcracker every other year (last year she was the maid in the show). Her company is performing a mini version of nutcracker for kids as well as a crazy version called Nut/Cracked this December. You can buy tickets for Nut/Cracked here. They are also performing a modern version of Cinderella in the spring, and she’s choreographing the spring musical at LCA, Guys and Dolls.

Dance isn’t the only form of athleticism that Natalie has excelled in; she also used to be a great field hockey player here at LCA. Natalie played field hockey from sixth to ninth grade and was field hockey captain of the middle school team from seventh to eighth. Although Natalie loved field hockey, she realized that she couldn’t balance dance and field hockey all the same time; she had to make a choice. Natalie chose dancing, and when we asked her why, she said, “I figured I can worship God more easily through dance, and it is something that I can do all my life.”

Now Natalie is still super-involved in dance, and she hopes to continue this after graduation. She said she hopes to major in a science field and either double major or minor in dance. She would love to join a dance company after college, but she hasn’t locked down a career yet and has many other dream jobs in mind, saying “I’ll go wherever God leads me”. The Blue and White wishes the best of luck to Natalie and her future in dance!