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Teaching bio

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photo credit: Jerry Almonte

Julie’s expressive dancing and joyful, playful connection are known throughout the blues dancing world. With a background in theatre, improv comedy, and solo dance, she is best known for her solo movement, artistic choreography, and killer follower expression.

A hard-working competitor,  Julie has won many national competitions, including bluesSHOUT! 2017 All Star Jack & Jill, Mo’ Better Blues 2017 All Star Jack & Jill, Snowbound Blues 2016 Solo, Nocturne Blues 2015 Challenge Strictly and Open Jack & Jill,  and more.

As a teacher,  Julie is clear, thoughtful, and varying degrees of goofy. From in-depth analyses of arm movement, to beginner-friendly intros to lead-follow conversation, Julie carefully crafts her classes and continuously tailors her material to fit the crowd at hand. Julie has taught blues in San Francisco, Seoul, Austin, Boston, London, Chicago, Zurich, and many places in between. She also teaches regularly in her home-base of Boston. For dance videos, pictures, and more info, check out https://dancewithjulie.wordpress.com.

 

DJ bio

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From acoustic to electric, horns to harmonica, New York to West Coast, Julie digs all the blueses. She has DJed around the country at bluesSHOUT, Blues Muse, Mile High Blues, Bambloozled, and more. She also DJs regularly in Boston, where she lives, dances, works, and occasionally sleeps.

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