Julie took her first middle eastern dance class at Fountain Street Church with Nai'mah of Grand Rapids back in 2003. After a few more classes at the downtown YMCA years later, she joined the Mayne Studio (now ShimmyUSA) in 2013 and studied Bollywood dance with Nai'mah, and American Bellydance and Raqs Sharqi with Sarah Mayne.
As one of the founding members of the Allspice dance troupe, she has also taken workshops with Cassandra Shore, Tarik Sultan, Jessika Cruz, Tamalyn Dahlal, and Yasmina Ramsay. During the craziness of 2020-2021 she began studying online with Yasmina and Tamalyn, and is hoping to continue learning from teachers around the globe for as long as online instruction continues. She is looking forward to sharing the joy and freedom of expression in this dance form with students.