Natalia was born in Bloomington, Illinois. She spent her childhood in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, and fell in love with dancing at the age of 7. Natalia’s first dance teachers who taught her the first dance steps were Sandra Fortuna, Brian Fortuna and Ilya Reyzin (USA).
When Natalia turned 10, she moved to Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In 2011 Natalia finished high school and moved to her new partner Florin Vlad in Romania. Natalia is a Psychology Bachelor Degree Graduate. She is very determined and wishes to help athletes worldwide through her skills.
Florin is Romanian and started dancing at the age of 10 in Romania. From the beginning Florin had a passion for Standard dances and since Junior2 he only dances Ballroom. Florin’s first dance teacher was Lorand Illyes (Romania). He has been a member of the Romanian National Dancesport Team for many years and successfully represented Romania at many international competitions. Currently he is an undergraduate student in Economics and International Affairs.
Florin and Natalia are dancing together since June 2011. They met through dancesportinfo.net and started dancing together for Romania. Since 2013 they are representing USA. Florin and Natalia specialize in the International Standard dances.
Until May 2013 Florin and Natalia competed for Romania. In 2012 and 2013 they were finalists and semifinalists of the Romanian National Championship. Florin and Natalia were members of the Romanian National Dancesport Team.
They are competing in dance competitions all over the World.
Rimini Open 2013 was their first competition representing the United States. Since then, they are proudly dancing for USA and had great results in WDSF and WDC AL competitions.
Florin and Natalia are the 2017 & 2016 US National Adult Finalists, 2015 USA Dance National Vice-Champions in Adult Standard, 2014 USA Dance National U21 Champions. Among their best results is being a Semi-Finalist in the 2014 WDC-AL Under 21 World Championship, becoming Semi-Finalists of the 2015 WDC German Open and the 2016 Dutch Open, Finalists of the RS 2016 Dutch Open (4th place), dancing in the Final of the WDC-AL 2015 World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland. They were also ranked in the top 50 best couples of the prestigious 2016 International Championships in London.
Florin and Natalia are extremely thankful to their team of teachers that help them improve their dancing and to achieve their goal of becoming World Champions.
Currently they live in Pownal, Vermont, but due to dance competitions, they are traveling a lot around the World.