Photo by Casey Hyde

Photo by Casey Hyde

Julie is a native New Yorker born into a family of musicians and dancers. She began dancing at the ripe age of three years old, when she first discovered her love of movement. Julie went on to dance as a fellowship student at The Ailey School in high school and was awarded a Presidential Scholar in the Arts scholarship to study dance at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After two years at GWU, missing New York City, Julie transferred to The New School and graduated with honors with a BA in Dance and Education Studies in 2014. Julie also spent ten months in Israel in 2012 where she received a grant to study and perform alongside the world renown Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. 

Julie began practicing yoga in 2010 with the intention of finding another form of exercise to benefit her dance career. She very soon discovered that this practice, however, would change her life. Upon returning from Israel and diving back into her senior year of college, Julie began practicing yoga regularly. In the flux of such a drastic change of lifestyle from Israel to New York, being a full-time student and working part-time in a restaurant, Julie found that yoga helped to ground her in a way that dance did not. With this realization, she knew that yoga had become a major part of her life. 

After graduating from The New School, Julie knew she wanted to embark on the journey to obtain her yoga certification so that she could have the resources to share this practice that had profoundly changed her life with others. She soon found a home at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center where she instantly fell in love with the fluid, dance-like sequencing and the philosophy of "moving like you" that founder Dana Trixie Flynn wholeheartedly encourages. She received her certification in December 2014 from Laughing Lotus and began teaching in January 2015. Julie currently teaches yoga full-time at numerous locations. She continues to dance professionally as a member of Donofrio Dance Company and has also worked with various choreographers including Ori Flomin, Sidra Bell, Of Bones || Hollye Bynum, and Alexandra Sasha Pinel.