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. Learn more here about my coaching practice.

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. I love coaching teens because sometimes I still feel like one, too.

I love writing on my blog, Moral of the Story, about my life experiences in dance, entrepreneurship, coaching, and lots of stuff in between.

I love books and podcasts, and I’m an especially big admirer of women who make me think harder, laugh bigger, and love deeper, like Susan Cain, Anne Lamott, Judy Blume, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brené Brown, and Jen Hatmaker.

I grew up in Florida and Texas and I love traveling to cooler climates. I’m always taking suggestions!

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™ (YPAD) from 2022-2024, I helped establish evidence-based guidelines for studio owners and their staff for safeguarding dancers’ health and well-being. In 2023, I 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. I give much credit to my own coach and mentor, Misty Lown, for holding space for me to dream big!
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