Natalia Arefieva is from Moscow, Russia and joined Colorado Ballet in 2003. She graduated from the Moscow Gnesin Music College in 1982 and received a masters degree in Music from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1987. Natalia began her artistic career as a choirmaster and accompanist in the Moscow Chamber Choir and continued as a main choirmaster and ballet pianist of National Theatre in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. Arefieva came to the United States in 2000. She has worked as an accompanist for City Ballet of San Diego, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and other companies. She also played for the Ballet Master Classes for David Howard, Fernando Bujones, Susan Jaffe, among others.