“Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham
Since the age of three, Julie Dickens, Artistic Director, has loved dance. Her first exposure to dance was at Kester’s School of Dance in Weirton, WV.
As a student, Julie studied under:
- Sharri Harris, SLP Dance Studio
- Kathy Schutter, Kathy Schutter School of Dance
- Sandra Clark, Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, and
- Valerie Gooding, New Castle Dance and Music Academy.
At Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, Julie was a student teacher and a competitive dancer for six years. She has trained in a variety of dance styles including: jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, modern and pointe. Julie has also traveled to many dance workshops to attend master classes with Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Gus Giordano, Pamela Bowling, Karen Hebert, Nan Giordano and Charles Kelly.
Julie graduated from Radford University in 1998 with a Biology/Chemistry Degree and Dance Minor. While obtaining her Dance Minor, she studied under:
While attending Radford University, Julie danced for the RU Rockers Dance team, performing for the Men’s and Women’s Highlander Basketball games.
In 1998, Julie began teaching dance at New Castle Dane and Music Academy, while working in the chemistry field. Julie, then, obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Delaware. In 2003, Julie and her husband, Bill, moved to Dallas, TX. She began her career in Neonatal Nursing. Julie and Bill had their daughter, Marley, in 2007.
Throughout her life, dance has always been in the center of Julie’s heart. When Marley began dance lessons, Julie knew she wanted to pursue her dream of opening her own studio. In doing so, Julie is able to share her passion with her daughter, as well as children and adults in the community.
Julie’s goal is to establish a positive, exciting environment for her students to learn the disciplines of dance. She wants to share both technique and passion with her students.
Olivia Poulter is an accomplished ballerina, training with prestigious companies in NYC, San Francisco, LA, and Santa Barbara. She has a diverse background of dance that includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, African, Dunham, and flamenco. She also has competed to elite levels in gymnastics prior to focusing 100% on her dance career. Olivia is currently co-director and lead choreographer for the Prestonwood Christian Academy Fire Dance team.
Olivia will be assisting Ms. Julie this summer for both classes during our summer session and summer camps, prior to leaving for college in the fall.
Crysta Caulkins-Clouse has performed, taught and choreographed nationally and internationally in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nevada, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New Zealand working with artists such as Jordan Fuchs, D. Chase Angier, Rebecca Bryant, Mary A. Chase, Sarah Gamblin, Mark Dendy, and The Dance Exchange. She began studying dance and musical theater in Austin, TX at 8 years old, and has a BA in dance from Texas State University. She has literally danced all over the world and we are so excited that she is going to join the JDM dance family! She is also a certified Fit4Mom Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre instructor in Prosper, TX. She loves introducing students of all ages to the arts and healthy living, especially when parents and kids get to enjoy them together.