Julie Swichtenberg

Julie-SwichtenbergJulie began dancing at the age of 3 and fell in love with the art. As a young dance company member, Julie performed and competed nationally with many high scoring routines. Julie began as a teaching assistant at the age of 13, where she discovered her interest in teaching and its rewards. At 16, Julie was awarded a full dance scholarship with Gus Giordano Dance Center. During these years she also danced with The American Ballet Academy and Lou Conte’s Hubbard Street Studio. Julie was a model for Dance Fashions Costume Catalog, and performed at their McCormick Place costume show. Mrs. Swichtenberg has appeared in several instructional dance videos by Tap Master Al Gilbert and Ballet Mistress Jo Rowan. She has also performed at Walt Disney World in Princess Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Julie majored in dance at Columbia College in Chicago and has extensive training in injury prevention.

During Julie’s 20 year teaching career, she has taught dancers ranging in age from 2 to adult in multiple dance disciplines including Classical Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, and Creative Movement. She is also an accomplished choreographer and artistic director. Mrs. Swichtenberg has choreographed productions of “Snow White”, “Peter Pan”, and “Chronicles of Narnia” for Metropolis Performing Arts Center, as well as founding and directing the Synergy Dance Company.

Julie constantly attends dance conventions to stay current with leaders in the industry such as Stacey Tookey, Sonya Tayeh, and Travis Wall. She was recently awarded a Teacher’s Scholarship while attending the Chicago Dance Connection in July 2013. Many of Mrs. Swichtenberg’s students go on to college dance programs and become teachers and performers themselves.

Miss Julie would like to thank her family for their unending support. This truly is a “Turning Pointe”, and she is very excited about the future!