Julie has over 30 years of dance experience. She showed an interest in ballroom dancing after watching her Grandparents dance socially. At the tender age of 8, her Mum took her along to her first class and she has never looked back since.
She started dancing at Davies Dance Centre (a medalist/syllabus school in England), which focused on the syllabus of various British Dance Associations, including the United Kingdom Alliance (UKA), Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)
Julie progressed her career further by moving onto competitive dancing. Throughout her a career, Julie has been fortunate enough to have lessons with various world-class teachers from the UK - including Paul Harris, Stephen and Lindsey Hillier, Frank & Linda Venables, Sue Walker, Pat Thompson, Paul Beeton, John and Jayne Byrnes and Peter Nash.
During her competitive career, in addition to full-time education or work in the Banking & Financial Industry, Julie devoted her time to successfully competing, on a regular basis. Her most noteworthy achievements are as follows:
Quarter Finalist at British Championships – Blackpool, England
Quarter Finalist at UK Championships
Quarter Finalist at BATD English Championships
Ranked 3rd in British 10-dance League
Amateur Standard Ballroom Vice-Champion at the Scottish National Champions
Vice-Champion at Stars of the Future
Vice-Champion at Champions of Tomorrow
Finalist Warwickshire Amateur Standard Championships
Semi-finalist UK Open Amateur 10 Dance Championships
Semi-Finalist North of England Standard Championship
Semi-Finalist Essex Amateur Standard Championships
In 2009, Julie decided to hang up her competitive shoes and focus on sharing her knowledge and experience with students and so decided to turn Professional. At the time, she continued with her full-time work as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a Finance Broker, but also assisted with teaching at Southend Dance Centre in England.
As a Professional Dance Teacher, she made the UKA her chosen Association and currently holds a Licentiate for both Latin and Standard Ballroom.
Julie moved to Manila in 2011 and joined the Studio 116 Team of Teachers. It was then when Julie started focusing on her professional career and started volunteering full-time at the studio to help the Dance Team Scholars. She is the Head Coach of the Studio 116 Dance Team, mentors the teaching team and has helped to develop the studio’s Medallist program further. She also created and teaches the program for the studio’s Train the Teacher Program (T3).
Working with the Studio 116 DanceTeam scholars is extremely rewarding and Julie has helped to produce National Champions and Finalists in every age group in both disciplines. In 2012 she also competed professionally and became the Philippine Professional Standard Ballroom Vice-Champion.
Julie is a Philippine National Adjudicator for the World Dancesport Federation (WDSF), Secretary of the Dancesport Council of the Philippines (Professional Division) and Member of the Philippine Dance Teachers Association and UKA Licentiate Professional (Standard and Latin).