Julia has a BA in Dance (Specialization Ballet) and an Associate Diploma CC-CICB
Julia Friesen-Jones' love of dance began at the age of 3 after attending her first ballet and tap classes. From that moment on her love of dance blossomed and she was soon involved in all styles of dance and auditioned and attended many professional ballet school summer intensive programs, including an acceptance to the National Ballet School.
After high school Julia's passion for dance led her to be accepted into the University of Calgary's Bachelor of Arts program which included daily training with top professionals through the Alberta Ballet School. Simultaneously, Julia enrolled in a 3 year Cecchetti ballet method teacher training program and under the direction of the head of the Cecchetti Society of Canada Joyce Sheitze, was able to obtain her Cecchetti Associate Diploma teaching degree. Throughout the 4 year experience Julia also had many opportunities to dance in numerous ballet and contemporary performances.
In the years since graduation, Julia has returned to Grande Prairie and has enjoyed teaching the Cecchetti method of ballet as well as contemporary for over 10 years. During this time Julia has trained and guided many students through the rigorous professional Cecchetti ballet examinations, as well as enjoyed setting choreography for both groups and solos for which she has won multiple choreography awards and accolades for. Julia has also enjoyed travelling all over the United States with her students including New York and Los Angeles where she has been able to train with top professionals in the industry.
Julia has taught with Diverse Dance Company since the studio's formation in 2013 and looks forward to educating and encouraging each new generation of students.