“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.
Dance is something in your soul, waiting for the perfect moment to emerge like a swan opening your wings and flying effortlessly onto the stage as if it’s a debut of undeniable grace and talent!
Ebonie is a Wife, Mother of 3 and carries a passion for dance in her soul wherever she goes. She started dancing at the tender age of 3. By her early teens her dance instructor at the time noticed she had a special talent for dance and choreography. She was encouraged to audition for Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts and was accepted. While attending Duke Ellington she received instruction from the famous Alvin Ailey dance group. She also was chosen along with 14 others dance to travel to Hong, Kong and Xien, China to share their Modern Style of dance. During her college years she was accepted as a member of the IUP Dance Theater. The Dance Theater traveled and performed all around the state of PA. During her time with IUP Dance Theater she was allowed to Choreograph and show her dance pieces in the annual performances. She also started the first ever IUP Drill Team that performed during all home Basketball Games solely choreographed by her. After graduating college with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, Ebonie continued to teach dance to children ages 3-11 while pursuing her corporate banking career. She also auditioned for and was a member of the first professional Basketball Drill Team for Kanas City. The team was short lived but the experience was great! She has participated in and won several Beauty Pageants with dance being her talent of course! She believes all children have a special beauty and talent inside waiting to emerge and share with the world in their own time.
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.