Bakersfield Dancer Teaches Math through Choreography

Natalie Lovan inspires young women to pursue STEM education through a creative lens.

Natalie Lovan is a senior at Bakersfield High, and has been a dancer since the age of five. She now uses her passion to inspire young girls in her community. Lovan is dedicated to her work with Kern Dance Alliance, a local non-profit organization that promotes dance arts in Kern County. As the lead mentor for the Shine For Girls: Math + Dance = Success program, she helps girls in 6th-8th grade perform better in math by using dance choreography to illustrate math concepts. 

With style and grace, Lovan promotes the confidence and leadership skills necessary for young girls to pursue and explore opportunities in STEM-related fields. She also volunteers her time at the “Day of Dance”, a local community outreach event that teaches dance to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. 

This inspiring young lady has already been awarded Bakersfield’s “Distinguished Young Woman of the Class of 2018” for her efforts. She is an exemplary student, ASB President and even one of her school's mascots and MC- leading rallies & football games. Natalie, the world needs you to continue inspiring young girls to “find their grind” and dance your heart out!

About the Author

Natasha Barritt

Natasha serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Find Your Grind Foundation in Los Angeles. In this capacity, she has created several programs, workshops, and experiential learning opportunities to improve the lives of youth through the arts.

Growing up in coastal Maine, Natasha's childhood heroes were artists, writers, and directors. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend USC's Marshall School of Business, School of Cinematic Arts Program and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Before starting Find Your Grind, Natasha worked at various advertising agencies, specializing in TV media investment.