TTUISD Student Dances Through Life

by JENNA PEREZ

November 21, 2008

Julia has followed her dreams of being a professional dancer from Dallas all the way to Seattle, Washington. At only 16-years-old she is a professional student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

The acceptance into the ballet program paired with a full scholarship was an opportunity Julia said she couldn't turn down. Julia left her parents' home and moved to Seattle at the beginning of summer 2008.

"I have lived in Texas all of my life and liked the idea of continuing to learn from a Texas based school [while I was away in Seattle]," Julia said about the TTUISD program. "I know of many people who have gone through this program and they have all highly recommended it."

Julia said TTUISD provides her flexibility with her coursework since she has dance classes and sometimes rehearsals more than six hours a day, six days a week. This season, Julia will perform 42 shows of The Nutcracker with the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Not only is Julia completing her education with TTUISD while she is on her way to becoming a professional dancer, but she is a business woman as well. Julia is the co-owner of Ballet Jupé, a ballet skirt company that she started with a friend.

"We were so tired of the ugly, long, frumpy skirts available in stores that we decided to make our own patterns and use cute, stylish fabrics," Julia said. "We saw how much people liked our skirts at our studio and decided that we could really carry on a business."

After her graduation from TTUISD, which is set for 2010, Julia said she would like to continue dancing and join a professional dance company. Good luck Julia!

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