Welcome to the Noble School of Ballet for ages 8 & olderInstructor, Natalie Molter
The Noble School is an homage to the late Duncan Noble, one of Natalie’s most
influential teachers who embodied ballet itself. He taught not only the steps
and technique he learned so long ago, but his great reverence for the art’s fine
etiquette, discipline and history. Students of the Noble School will be taught
not only technical precision but respect for the art and love of movement itself
carried on through the generations from one great teacher to the next. Ballet
technique is started between the ages of 8 and 10 with one to two classes a week
in the Beginning Level. As the dancer advances and matures, complexity and
number of classes per week is added, as well as performance opportunities.
Advanced dancers have the opportunity of taking up to 5 classes per week and
performing multiple times throughout the year.
Beginning Ballet - 2 classes per week recommended
Classroom work involves cementing the basics of placement and classical ballet terminology, as well as exposing the young dancer to
simple jumps, turns and port de bras. Generally for ages 8 and 9.
Intermediate Ballet - 2 to 3 classes per week
Classroom focus shifts to adding complexity to combinations and simple steps learned in beginning ballet. Alignment is emphasized while adding more complex steps to the dancer's repertoire in preparation for pointe work. Generally for ages 10 and up.
Jr Advanced and Advanced dancers will take from 3 to 6 classes per week. Pre-pointe and beginning pointe dancers are required to take at least one pointe class that immediately follows a technique class every week. Advanced dancers will be asked to become a Performing Company member based on classroom and theater etiquette, work ethic, attitude and technical growth.
Class placement is based upon technical proficiency and maturity. Placement is not set in stone. If any issues arise at all, please don't hesitate to contact Natalie! Communication is very important for the best experience possible.
Natalie Molter, director, has been actively involved in the dance community in the Flathead Valley since 2002 teaching, dancing and choreographing. Formerly, an instructor at the Northwest Ballet School in Kalispell from 2002-2009, Natalie choreographed many works for the Northwest Ballet Company and held the titles of promotional director and co-director of the NWB Co. She also danced and choreographed for three seasons with AzureVision Dance Collective, Flathead Valley’s only professional dance company. Before starting Noble Dance with Carol Sullivan in 2010, Natalie taught and coached a number of students privately at Imagine Health in Columbia Falls, a handful of which have followed in her footsteps training professionally across the US to pursue a career in dance.
Before coming to the Flathead Valley, Natalie danced professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Ballet Internationale, where she had the pleasure of working with Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov. She studied extensively on scholarship at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Diploma in Dance. At NCSA she studied under Fanchon Cordell, Gyula Pandi the late Duncan Noble and the late Melissa Hayden, as well as with many guest choreographers including Alonso King. Natalie pulls from her diverse background in classical and contemporary ballet training when passing her love of dance on to young dancers. She lives in Kalispell with her two young children, Mason and Cecilia.