Natrea Blake was born and raised in New York City where she graduated from the world-famous High School for the Performing Arts (The Fame School). She received her B.F.A in dance from The Juilliard School and trained additionally at Bernice Johnson, The Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico and Peridance.
Natrea’s diverse background has given her the opportunity to work with many different choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Hans Van Manen, David Parsons, Savion Glover and Marguerite Derricks.
Ms. Blake has had the pleasure of assisting and resetting the work of choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie for over 20 years at major institutions including Atlanta Ballet, The Juilliard School, The COCA School (St. Louis), The Ailey School, Perry Mansfield, and Milwaukee Ballet. Her own creative work includes a commission to choreograph for Tusla Ballet’s second company in 2013, choreography for The Juilliard School’s Summer Intensive program in 2019, and multiple pieces for Off Center Dance Theatre in residence at Dance Cavise.
Natrea is an accomplished commercial and Hip Hop dancer who assisted Darrell Grand Moultrie on Beyonce’s (Mrs. Carter Tour 2013). Other credits including: The Joyce NYC (Lady Five) choreographed by Savion Glover. Broadway’s Shuffle Along (LAB), Fashion Rocks Live! at Radio City Music Hall (CBS), Law & Order (Trial by Jury), Don’t Bother me I Can’t Cope (LAB), Beyonce (Staples Center), Stars of Ballet and Broadway (Detroit Music Hall), The Elan Awards(NYC), and Milwaukee Repertory Theater “The Color Purple” ( Assistant Choreographer).
Ms. Blake has taught Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hop- Hop at many artistic institutions including, NYU, Touro College, Rutgers University, Broadway Dance Center (NYC), The Ailey School, Earl Mosley Institute for the Arts, Harbor Conservatory for the performing Arts, Dance Cavise, Tulsa Ballet, and The Broadway Experience(NYC). She has also traveled to South Africa to teach dance and choreography. In addition, Ms. Blake is co-founder/ owner of L.N.D Studio for the Arts in Westbury NY, a dance school which offers dance instruction to inner city children ages 3-18.
Ms. Blake’s has been on the Dance Cavise teaching faculty for over a decade.