Julie Correia was born and raised in the beautiful city of Redding, California. She began dancing at 4 years old at La Petite Ballet School under the direction of Margie Ivicevich. She later trained with Deborah Larsen at the Redding Dance Centre and added weekly tap, jazz, and modern classes to her repertoire. During her high school and college years, Julie attended several summer dance intensives including: The Jillana School in New Mexico, American Ballet Theatre in Texas, Bates Summer Dance Festival in Maine, and the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival in New York. Each of these programs broadened Julie’s dancing, technique, and passion for performing.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2012, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Here, she was able to intensely focus on her ballet and modern dance training, study pedagogy, dance history, anatomy, choreography, improvisation, and lighting design. In her senior year, she and the UCSB Dance Company toured around the US and Italy performing work from various renowned choreographers such as: Sumi Clements, Austin McCormick, Nancy Colahan, and José Limon via Alice Condodina. Upon graduation, Julie began dancing in the parades at Disneyland in California as well as a contemporary ballet company called Jessica Kondrath/the Movement.
In 2014, she was offered a contract at Tokyo Disneyland Resort where she spent the next 2.5 years entertaining thousands of guests in the parades, Fantasmic!, special holiday events, and daily interactions. She recently finished a year performing at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and is so thankful for the opportunities performing that Disney has brought her.
As much as Julie loves to perform, she is equally passionate about teaching and hopes to inspire young children to learn to love this beautiful art form. She has taught for Tutu School in Orange County, Ballet with Miss Amie in Sierra Madre, CA, and at the Redding Dance Centre, in Redding, CA, teaching classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. Julie is incredibly excited to be teaching at Dance at the Difference, and looks forward to helping your tiny dancers grow.