Natalie Ortiz is a Renaissance woman with a passion for academics, culture and the performing arts that makes her a model for the 21st century Latina.
Natalie is a trained dancer, well versed in ballet, Pointe, jazz/hip hop, tap and flamenco. She has spent the past 14 years training across the nation and internationally as well as performing for audiences. She also works to spread her love of dance at San Antonio Dance Academy, where Natalie has been a student for 13 years and an instructor for the past four years. A violin and piano player, Natalie credits the history, beauty and charm of her birth city" Buenos Aires, Argentina - with inspiring her zeal for the performing arts.
Natalie has an equally intense love of learning that she credits to the encouragement and support of her family. As a participant of the National Hispanic Institute, Natalie attended programs that encouraged students in the areas of public speaking and critical thinking. She also took a leadership role as a category trainer.
Fluent in Spanish, Natalie advocates bilingual and bicultural learning in the community. She has also taken a hands-on role in shaping the character of the next generation of leaders as a Faith Formation teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for four years.
Now, as the 2006 Feria de las Flores Queen, Natalie is eagerly anticipating the opportunity to spread a strong pro-education message before, during and after Fiesta 2006.
‚??I welcome the challenge to generate positive results - today, tomorrow and in the future,‚?? Natalie says. ‚??A good education is critical for students to survive in today‚??s world. It makes me proud to have the opportunity to play an influential role in promoting education.‚??
Natalie says she is grateful for this opportunity and thanks the many family members and friends whosupported her during this journey, especially her mother. ‚??This is a once in a lifetime experience that I am priviliged and honored to take part in,‚?? Natalie says. ‚??I have to give special recognition to my inspiration and role model, my mother. Throughout my life, she has challenged me to strive to do my very best. I hope to one day be a successful mother, business woman and leader in our community, just like her.‚?? Natalie is a freshman at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has not decided on her major but says that dance and mentoring will always be a part of her future.