Julia Y. Edwards
Julia Y. Edwards is a dancer, choreographer and movement educator originally from Virginia and North Carolina. She has studied, taught, performed and choreographed throughout NC, SC, OH and NYC. She attended the University of North Carolina School for the Arts for Contemporary Dance in NC, holds a B.S. in Sociology from the College of Charleston, SC, a comprehensive Pilates certification from PraXis Balanced Body Studio, an M.F.A. in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro and is currently pursuing her Gyrotonic Foundation-level certification. She recently relocated to southeast Wisconsin from Brooklyn, NY in Spring 2016. While living in New York City, Julia created contemporary works as a freelance choreographer, owned and operated a Pilates studio and taught Pilates at ABT’s Jackie Kennedy Onassis School for Pre-Professional Dancers.
Julia's choreographic investigations are presented through Assembly, a rotating collection of artists. Her performances and choreography have been presented at the UNC-Greensboro Dance Theater, Greensboro Fringe Festival, Dance at Noon in Piccolo Spoleto, Green Space NYC, the Mixtape Project at Cunningham Studios, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Triskelion Presents, White Wave DUMBO Dance Festival, Waxworks, SPARK Festival and the RE:vision Festival. Collaboration is one of many loves Julia engages in through dance. After choreographing since 2000 she is re-examining her relationship to creating dance works.
Currently, Julia teaches in Mount Mary University's Department of Music, Movement and Dance, Adult and Youth classes at Danceworks and in MPS through the Mad Hot Tap and Ballroom Program. Julia enjoys sharing and exploring all movements with all people. Movement never ceases to challenge, inform and enthrall her. She finds movement allows us to know ourselves more deeply. It is a tool, an empowering experience and an educator.