Julie Wells trained and performed with the Australian Ballet School and Company,before moving to Sydney to teach for Lorraine Norton, one of Australia’s leading teachers and a Royal Academy of Dance Examiner. Julie benefited from working with this teacher whose artistic qualities, passionate love of dance and communication skills laid the foundation for the careers of several of Australia’s leading dancers, dance administrators and choreographers.
Julie was founder and principal of her own studio, one of Sydney’s most comprehensive schools of dance, offering an extensive syllabus grounded in classical ballet and extending to many other forms of dance taught by leading specialist teachers. Her students, many of whom are working professionally in Australia, Europe, UK and USA, participated in the studio’s annual performances at the Sydney Opera House.
In 1996, Julie took the opportunity to move on and pursue freelance teaching, both in Australia and abroad. This change of direction has allowed her to encounter and absorb new fields of classical dance, giving her broader perspectives and comprehension of differing international styles and techniques in training and performance.
She is a Tutor with the Royal Academy of Dance and specialises in the training and coaching of students undertaking Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Graded examinations including Solo Seal.
Her continuing international involvement includes preparation of pre-professional students prior to auditions for overseas and local finishing schools and company placement. She is experienced in preparing students through private coaching for events including City of Sydney Eisteddfod, Alana Haines Awards, Prix de Lausanne, Genée International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix. Her Sydney-based work has been predominantly with The McDonald College,Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, The Dance Spot, Newcastle Ballet Theatre and Kim Harvey School of Dance. She also works interstate and in New Zealand with seminars, holiday schools and coaching.