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After landing in Canada, she decided that she wanted to study Ballet for her Teaching Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance and took her final exam in November, 2002. She is now elected as a full teaching member of the Royal Academy of Dance with Registered Teacher Status (R.A.D. R.T.S.).
As we move into the next phase with the torch being passed to Leanne Kennedy, Julie is more excited than ever by the direction that the studio and the dance company are moving in. Her attitude towards creating an inclusive and safe environment is well known throughout the community she loves, as well as her dedication to developing the whole child, willingness to try new and different things while elevating each student to explore their own passion for dance.
Julie continues her journey to learn more, attending teaching courses such as the National Ballet School of Canada's Teacher's Seminar, Royal Academy of Dance teaching courses and the Acrobatiques Teacher Certification course as well as Royal Academy of Dance workshops most years.
Summer 2018: Julie attended the certification course for Progressing Ballet Technique, a highly acclaimed supplement to classical technique as well as the Royal Academy of Dance Discovering Repertoire course, which will be added to the current class plans for some of the higher levels and adult ballet.
“To teach, you must always be learning"
Julie has won several choreography awards for her contemporary works but has taken a step away from competition to fully dedicate to exam preparation in Ballet.
As the years go by Julie's love of dance and the children continues to grow along with the studio. Its student have had great success in tap exams, graded and vocational ballet exams. The studio has won many places in competition with groups,soloists, duos and trios. Free Flight Dance has 3 fully equipped studios, as well as the non profit children's dance company, The Flow Dance Ensemble. Julie is Artistic Director of “The Flow" as it is so fondly referred to.
Julie Brash - R.A.D. R.T.S
Head of Ballet
Julie has a passion for dance that just seems to get stronger and stronger every year. Added to that is her love of children and a passionate belief that they are the most important element of any studio. "To build up a child is better than to rebuild an adult."
Julie has studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.. She started her training in Jazz shortly after moving to South Africa from Zimbabwe, where she grew up. Later she became fascinated by Contemporary dance, performing in both amateur and professional companies, competing and winning gold medals in the local Eisteddfod Dance Festivals and finally teaching, performing and choreographing for several modern dance companies including Centre Dance Ensemble in London, England, where she lived for three years.
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