Nastassia Zacarius

Nastassia began dancing at the age of 7 with the (Mexican) Ballet Folkloric Dancers of Caldwell, Idaho. Nastassia continued her training of Folkloric dance of Mexico with the Espiritu Dancers from Ontario, Oregon until the age of 14. Nastassia then ventured out into new genres of dance such and hip hop and jazz.  She has received a Bachelors degree of Arts in Dance from Western Oregon University. 

There she studied ballet, modern dance, hip-hop, Hula, African, salsa, jazz, and composition/choreography.  While at Western Oregon University the dance department invited Jacob James Mora, artistic director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, located in Denver, Colorado to create a piece  using selected dancers. Nastassia auditioned for his piece and was selected and performed hid work at the American College Dance Festival at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  Nastassia has also performed and choreographed for Western Oregon University’s Spring dance concert receiving Academic Excellence Award in dance for choreography and performance.

She was later invited to perform her choreography at Dance Mosaic studio created for inner city Portland kids, and for the Salem, Oregon YMCA Recital.  Nastassia has also performed and competed with Corvallis Oregon’s Rumbanana Salsa group and in the Salsa Rueda Congress of the Americas in Miami, Florida taking 2nd place. Nastassia has also competed in the World Casino Congress-Cubamemucho in Munich, Germany taking 4th place. Nastassia has performed throughout Oregon, California, Canada, and Florida with Rumbanana Salsa Group.  After relocating to Central Oregon Nastassia joined Hokule’a Polynesian Dancers of Central Oregon performing throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.She is now in Bend,  sharing her love of dance with Central Oregon and Gotta Dance studio.







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