BFA in Dance, Owner/Director
Julie’s training began at the age of 3 from Dance Master, Paul Michael, whom she credits with her first love of dance. After his passing, the 8 year old was fortunate to begin ballet training with Mary Margaret Holt. Later, her studies in New York City were one of the highlights of her dance career. There, she studied with the Joffrey Ballet School in the advanced level and with David Howard. Julie has also studied with numerous other well known teachers such as Richard England, Bruce Wells, Francoise Martinet, Ann Reinking, Marjorie Tallchief, Syvie Suillem and Brian Loftus.
Julie holds a BFA in Dance, Ballet Pedagogy emphasis from the University of Oklahoma, where she is currently a Dance Partners member and still remains closely connected. After receiving her degree, she returned to the OU School of Dance in their graduate program. While in the bachelors and masters program, she was featured in both the Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Modern Dance programs and in both companies. There, she trained with legendary instructors Miguel Terekhov, Yvonne Chouteau, Mary Margaret Holt, Ko Yukihir and others.
To continue her dance instructor education, Julie attends teacher conferences including David Howard’s Teacher seminars for numerous years, American Academy of Ballet Teachers Training program, Pacific Northwest Ballet and others.
By invitation, Julie traveled to London during the 2012 Olympics and again in 2014 and 2019 to Lincoln Center in New York City, where her dancers gave performances. In 2016, Julie was invited to teach and choreograph ballet in Vizitsa, Greece for the Music and Dance Festival.
Julie has been a ballet adjudicator many times for the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and has been a instructor/choreographer for the NAC Artist in Residence program. Memberships include the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association and Wingman for Dance.
Classical Ballet Academy offers professional training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Modern Dance, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Leaps and Turns. Students are carefully led through each level where they are instructed in an encouraging and pleasant atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on individual instruction. Through the dance experience, students enjoy the activity, while learning technique and self-discipline. While technique is strongly emphasized, so is movement and self-expression. There is a strong feeling at our school, that all of these areas must be developed together.