I like to think of myself as the kind of person who doesn't give up easily either. I adopted her long ago as one of my personal heroes.
I think of Nat as a teacher of, or maybe more of an inspirer for the movement arts - ballet and other dance forms - and she's taken up yoga in more recent years. That's one of the most inspiring things about Nat -- she's never afraid to try something new. When you spend time with Nat, you just want to move, move, move. She makes you unafraid to tap your toes, wiggle your hips, stretch your arms out wide and up high.
I miss living close enough to hang out with her in person, but she continues to inspire me from afar.
It's probably a pretty apt description for life in general, as well.
“You’re never going to learn it all, and you’re never going to be as good as you want to be. So you just keep trying. That’s what dance is all about.”
from an article I wrote about Nat in Dance Teacher Magazine in 2003