Since she was two years old, Natalie Lucia Gomes, Class of 2020, has been dancing. She learned about Orange Lutheran's Nechita Center for the Performing Arts when former Orange Lutheran CEO Todd Moritz and his wife brought her to a performance of "Seussical the Musical" as a 6th grader in 2014.
With a GPA of 4.2, Natalie is a member of the Student Leadership Team, Advanced Dance, Musical Theater Dance, and Women's Honors Choir. Natalie is applying to over 20 schools, but her top choices are Fordham, UCLA, UCI, and LMU, where she plans to study dance.
Natalie says, "OLu musicals, dance, and the performing arts are where I met all my friends. It's all I know, and I'm so grateful."
Favorite moment on the Nechita stage: "Beauty and the Beast" where I played a wolf and we entered the stage through the audience. Seeing that reaction is something I'll never forget.
When you're not singing/acting/dancing/performing, what are you doing? Student Leadership Team (SLT)
Finish this sentence - Ten years from now, I want to be... A professional dancer in NYC!
What teacher made the most impact on you and why? My second ballet teacher, Ms. Desiree Lee, as she really strengthened my technique and inspired my love for dance.
What inspires you? The audience and their reaction and the impact a performance has!
What's something people would be surprised to know about you? I'm in the dance studio 20+ hours a week, studying tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, lyrical and contemporary dance.
Favorite Bible verse: Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. -Psalm 149:3-4