Meet the Instructors

Natalie Gotter
Natalie Gotter is a dance performer, choreographer, instructor, filmmaker and researcher interested in social perceptions of the physical form and how relationships through movement provide insight into the individual. She received her MFA in Modern Dance with emphasis on Gender Studies and Screendance Certification from the University of Utah. Her work has been presented at the Dance in the Desert Festival, Utah Dance Film Festival (recipient of 2019 Audience Choice award), Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, and commissioned and presented by companies in New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Minneapolis. She has performed with Tsunami Dance Company, MotionVivid Dance Company, and was a featured dancer in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration in 2011.
Heidi Cruz-Austin
Heidi Cruz-Austin has studied at the School of American Ballet and The Pennsylvania Ballet, where she received an apprenticeship in 1994 and joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1995. She has danced numerous featured roles for various choreographers, including Val Caniparoli, Ben Stevenson, Alvin Ailey, Margo Sappington, Christopher d'Amboise, and Matthew Neenan. She has also had featured roles in many George Balanchine ballets. Heidi has also danced with the Philadelphia-based company Ballet X and has performed as a guest artist through the United States and Europe.

     As a choreographer, she was a winner in the 2003 Ballet Builders showcase in New York City and has been commissioned to create works for Muhlenberg College, Franklin and Marshall College, Bryn Mawr College, and Repertory Dance Theatre. She was a recipient of the 2004-2005 New Edge Residency at the Community Education Center of Philadelphia and a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is currently a Co-Director of a Trenton-based Contemporary Ballet company called, DanceSpora, which is the resident dance company of the Passage Theater Company in Trenton, NJ.


 
Emily Leandro is a senior Dance and Theatre double-major with concentrations in education, choreography, and performance studies. On campus, Emily is the president of the Perkulators jazz dance team, the alumni relations officer for the Muhlenberg Dance Association, a member of the Copasetic Rhythms tap dance team, and a lifeguard for the Muhlenberg Athletics Department. She is also very excited to be choreographing for Reset: New Dances this fall. This past summer, she completed an arts administration internship at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in addition to coaching swim lessons and swim team, and working as a sales associate at Pure Barre. Emily has performed in Muhlenberg’s productions of En Route, Ephemerality, Master Choreographers ’20, Moving Stories ’19, and several Dance Gallery concerts, as well as choreographing and performing in Dance Works. Emily strives to make her class a site of challenge, exploration, and discovery. She is very excited to get moving with everyone!
Sarah O’Sullivan is a senior pursuing a double-major in Media & Communication and Dance with an education concentration, and she is ecstatic to be teaching at MCDC in person this semester! On campus, Sarah is the co-vice president of the Perkulators dance team, the public relations chair of the Muhlenberg Dance Association, and a member of the Cardinal Key Society, and she works in the Annual Giving office on campus. Sarah is excited to be choreographing for Reset: New Dances after making her choreographic debut in Ephemerality last semester. She has been involved in numerous dance productions the past three semesters, including En Route '21, Ephemerality '21, Master Choreographers '20, Moving Stories '19, Dance Emerge '19, Dance Gallery '18 '19, and DanceWorks '18. Sarah is looking forward to creating a classroom environment which empowers and inspires students to feel more confident, and find joy in their own movement!
 
Danica Schofer is a dance/music artist and a current senior at Muhlenberg. As a choreographer/composer, Danica has contributed to multiple Muhlenberg productions including En Route ’21, Fish Project Play Festival ’21, Danceworks ’18, ’19, and ’20, and Wind Ensemble Concert ’21, in addition to several independent projects outside Muhlenberg. Danica will be presenting a dance/music piece in Reset: New Dances this fall and an interdisciplinary dance/music recital in May. Danica has performed in En Route ’21, several Dance Gallery and Danceworks productions, and is a piano/vocal improviser in Muhlenberg’s jazz music ensembles. Danica has taught ballet, modern, and creative dance with Muhlenberg College (as a peer tutor and TA) and MCDC, is a certified ESL instructor and previously served as a creative dance instructor for the Allentown community. In summer 2021, Danica conducted research (mentored by Megan Flynn) on Dalcroze Eurhythmics and connections to somatic musicality, or feeling music-making in the body in dance practices. Danica approaches movement from an improvisational lens and hopes to create a space that supports risk-taking, active listening/response, and mindfulness within a supportive community. Outside dance and music, Danica is active in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives on campus.