“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.
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.
Mary Kimble-Hellen has been dancing since she was a young child. The majority of her training was at the Andahazy School of Classical Ballet, under the direction of Lorand and Anna Andahazy in Minnesota.
In addition, she has taken classes at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School all in New York City as well at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
Mary taught dance in McKinney from 1998-2006 at Studio 511 and Taylor Dance Center and had her own dance studio, Joyful Dance from 2007-2014.
She is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where learning to dance is delightful! She fosters a love of dance through age appropriate instruction with focus on technique and the joy and art of moving through space.
Mrs. Neila fell in love with dance at the age of 3 when she took her first Ballet class. It has been a love and passion ever since. She started her dance career in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised, and was taught by two of the most respected and accomplished classical Ballet teachers in Puerto Rico, Yolanda Munoz and Maria Julia Landa. After more than a decade dedicated to learning Ballet, Neila explored different dance styles and genres like Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, Tap and Tango. As an adult, Neila continued dancing through her college years while at the same time competing with the university’s Dance Team for three years, where she won two consecutive first place medals. She graduated magna cum laude, earning a BBA and majoring in Marketing. Soon after she married the love of her life, together they have two beautiful children, a 5 year old boy and 18 month old girl. Mrs. Neila is very excited to return to Dancing. Teaching children her passion for dance is a dream coming true.
Gabrielle Fulbright currently resides in McKinney with her husband and two children. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and started her dance studio training at the age of 4. Throughout her childhood she trained in styles such as jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. During junior high and high school, she auditioned for and was chosen as part of her studio’s dance company in which she competed with the team and as a soloist, winning numerous awards. She also was a member of her high school drill team and was selected as an officer her senior year. Gabrielle obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Psychology from Texas Tech University with certifications to teach English and Dance. During her college years, she danced in and choreographed many productions on the Texas Tech stage. She was a member of Chi Omega as well as Chi Tau Epsilon (a National Dance Honor Society) and was also a Kings Court Dancer for a professional hockey team. During her dance training at Texas Tech, she took master classes from members of the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance companies. After graduating college, Gabrielle spent eight years as a teacher and head drill team director for several area high schools. She also choreographed dances and judged tryouts for drill teams in the DFW metroplex and was a staff member of Starmakers Dance and Performance Camps. Before joining the JDM team, she was an instructor at Amotion Dance Studio. Gabrielle is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at JDM.