Natalia Richardson was born in the ex-USSR, studying Dance from the age of 7, first Ballet then Ballroom and Latin. She had training from some of Europe's leading teachers and in her early teens and won competitions throughout Eastern Europe. As a result of an International Competition Dancing, Natalia gained popularity in Germany where she took up residence. During the five years living in Freiburg, near the Swiss border, she taught many aspects of dance and represented Germany in top International Competitions. The European circuit included dancing in the UK, where she met her British husband. While living in the UK she declined partnering leading British Dancer Anton Du Beke, as it coincided with the birth of her son. Natalia now lives in Harpenden and teaching private customers, as well as teaching group classes at her dance school, St Albans School of Dance.

Natalia graduated from University with a Pharmacy degree and is also a talented linguist, fluent in English, Russian, Spanish and German. She is also known as Natasha, which is the diminutive of Natalia in Russian. In European Dance Competitions she was known by her maiden name Natalia Voronina.