Julie Joseph (JJ) has been dancing since she was about 3 years old. Hailing from Westchester, NY, she grew up attending Rose's School of Dance in Hawthorne. Now known as Inspire Dance Studio, she had the opportunity to train under Rose Cremonese Norton and Silvana Larkin for ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and jump rope tap. She also was able to train under Mack Norton in classical operatic singing. As an avid competition student, they traveled around New England learning from faculty at Access Broadway, Dance Educators of America, Hollywood Vibes, and more. Her tap and acting solos won her high awards in the teen divisions.
After high school, Julie decided to pursue a degree in psychology and Hispanic studies (yes-- she's bilingual!), following her interest in forensic psychology. During her time at Brandeis, she became heavily involved with the dance clubs on campus, as well as the theater department. Under Brandon Green, she became introduced to Suzuki, under Susan Dibble she was introduced to clowning and pedestrian based movement, and under Robert Walsh she was introduced to stage combat. She went on to recieve a stage combat certification (basic pass) from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). During her time at Brandeis, she also participated in conducting research through the Knight Lab, a forensic psychopathology lab under the direction of Raymond Knight. She graduated Brandeis University '18 with a BA in psychology and Hispanic Studies.
While in her later years at Brandeis, they began dancing around Bsoton, training under Adrienne Hawkins in jazz and modern, and Noa Barankin in tap, body percussion, and drumming. Once she graduated, she began pursuing teaching and dancing full time, working at local studios educating ages three to adult in various styles, including tap, contemporary, jump rope tap, improvisation, odd meter timing/ music theory through tap, choreography, leaps and turns, and conditioning.
THey have worked with DrumatiX, a drumming, body percussion, and tap company under the direction of Noa Barankin since 2018. She connected with Sarah- Kay "SkooJ Core-O" in 2018 and became a memmber of Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP Global) in 2019. She has furthered her training under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant, Cat Cogliandro, Carlos Neto, Hayden J. Fredrick, Bo Park, and many more. She has also made it a priority to continue her education of the history of dance, taking professional development courses offered by Karida Griffith. They have received many performance opportunities which have led her to commercial spaces such as Carnival Choreographer's Ball NYC, Symphony Space, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC.
Recently having moved to LA, she is most focused on continuing her upward momentum as a young professional dancer and choreographer bicoastally.