Grand Valley artist Natasha Krasnow dances through life
Natasha Krasnow’s next dance show — Beyond Boundaries — is set for June 14 in Colorado Mesa University’s Robinson Theatre. It starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at the door.
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Grand Junction native Natasha Krasnow, an avid performer and artist, began dancing — perhaps even shimmying — in her mother’s womb more than two decades ago.
“Dance is my main creative outlet,” 27-year-old Krasnow said. “My mom (Mary) would tell you that I started dancing prenatally because she danced until she was eight months pregnant. She teaches belly dancing in town, and she’s done that for more than 30 years.
“I started taking hula-dance class when I was 2 years old. After that I got into ballet and tap and never looked back.”
According to The Art Center’s executive director Camille Silverman, Krasnow was always destined to be a creative person with a surrealist painter, Michail Krasnow, for a father, and a dancer for a mother.
“Her father left The Art Center a painting legacy (his work is part of the permanent collection) and also left us Natasha,” Silverman said. “She has been immersed in the arts; I think she was born with the arts like she was born with two eyes and two legs. There is nothing she can do about it now.”
Keeping her dance card full so to speak, Krasnow teaches both teenagers and adults a variety of styles (ballet, tap, contemporary, etc.) at Creative Avenues in Grand Junction. Other groups she regularly performs with includes High Desert Opera, Illumicirque (a troupe of fire dancers and creative performers), Theatre Project, and Colorado Mesa University’s Spring into Dance (where she graduated with a theatre arts degree, concentrated in dance, in 2008).
“Natasha is an incredible dancer and dear friend,” Illumicirque founder Heidi Bassignani said. “She is an integral part of Illumicirque, where she has created characters as diverse as Circus Ballerina, Indian Temple Dancer and Island Hula Dancer, as well as helping with concept and choreography for shows. She is also one of the most beautiful people I know, a shining example to all people of how to be the change you wish to see.”
When Krasnow isn’t dancing, she’s often found in The Art Center’s pottery department, creating functional objects — beer steins, plates, mugs, bowls and more — with bright colors and personality.
“I try to get as vibrant as I can,” she explained.
Silverman additionally noted a connection between Krasnow’s dance style and pottery — “Line, form and shape are involved in both ceramics and dance.”
Krasnow currently works for the Bureau of Land Management, but in September she’ll be moving to England to attend the University of Bristol for a masters degree in anthropology. The program will last one year, and she hopes to complete her thesis in dance anthropology.
“I’m really interested in dance and art in general as part of the overall human condition, significance in different cultures, and why it’s important,” Krasnow said. “I think dance has a really unique way of unlocking certain doors for people, exposing people to certain feelings or emotions they may not get anywhere else.”
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