Natalie Rast has been teaching ballet to aspiring artists for over 35 years.

She has served as ballet mistress for Winifred Haun & Dancers and Zephyr Dance Ensemble, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago since 1988.  In 2006 she established Rast Ballet & Dance Studio which caters to the adult student. Rast joined the dance faculty of The Chicago Academy for the Arts in August of 2007.

While an accomplished and disciplined dancer in her own right, Natalie is also first and foremost a naturally caring, supportive teacher who makes sure her students truly enjoy what they learn. Natalie got her first taste of ballet in Columbus, Ohio, at the ripe old age of 10. Herfamily moved to DeKalb, Illinois, however, so Natalie continued her dancing locally from that point on up through college.