About Me

Hi, I'm Julie

I’m a dreamer. I love to wonder about things and ask what’s possible.

I’m also a writer, mentor, and certified youth life coach who specializes in working with dancers—and those who support them.

I grew up dancing, became a dance teacher, and owned a dance studio for sixteen years. I will forever be a dancer at heart.

I love coaching dancers because I understand their unique challenges and opportunities. Learn more here about how I help teens and young adults thrive in their art, and in life.

I love writing about my life experiences in dance, entrepreneurship, and lots of stuff in between. Laugh, cry, shake your head, or commiserate with me on my blog, Moral of the Story.

I love to read books and I love the beach. Reading books on the beach is what I consider to be the ultimate pastime. Dancing on the beach is a close second.

I’m a Libra, and true to the stars, I love striving for balance.

I still subscribe to the newspaper. Yes, the actual newspaper made of paper. My day isn’t complete without it!

Read on for my professional qualifications…

  • I am a Certified Youth Resilience Coach, Certified Youth Well-Being Coach, Certified Academic Resilience Coach, and Certified Career Discovery Coach.
  • I earned my youth coaching designations through the Youth Coaching Institute, a program of rigorous training, practicum, supervision, and mentorship, accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
  • As a former dance student myself, and with more than 20 years’ experience as a dance educator, I understand both the value and challenges of dance training in a young person’s life.
  • I am the proud founder of Studio Dance Centre in Frisco, Texas, established in 2005 and under new ownership since 2021.
  • During my time as a studio owner, I developed and led proprietary “Success for Teens” leadership sessions for our youth performing company students.
  • As lead content creator for Youth Protection Association for Dance™ in 2022 and 2023, I helped establish evidence-based guidelines for studio owners and their staff for safeguarding dancers’ health and well-being.
  • Currently I am acting as YPAD’s interim general manager and recently co-authored an article for Dance Education in Practice about best practices in hiring.
  • As a former Big Sister volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, I mentored my Little Sister for seven years. I couldn’t be prouder of her journey into young adulthood.
  • I am a certified Youth Mental Health First Aider, trained to respond in the event of a mental health crisis. Learn more about Youth MHFA here.
  • From personal experience, I am a proponent of both therapy and coaching in supporting an individual’s growth and goals. Read about the differences between therapy and coaching here.
  • I am a More Than Just Great Dancing!® Certified Coach, having completed annual trainings since 2019 in developing virtual and in-person presentations, public speaking skills, and coaching fellow small business owners to success.