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Teachers at the Old Town School

Julianne Rice

Kids Dance, Adult Dance

Julianne Rice (she/her/hers) began her dance training at The Dance Gallery in
Munster, Indiana under the direction of Amy White Hanas. Growing up she was
introduced to ballet, Jazz, and modern. Julianne decided to further her dance
education at Indiana University Bloomington and received a BFA in contemporary dance. During her time at IU she had the opportunity to perform in restaged works choreographed by guest artists Jose Limon, Stefanie Batten Bland and Rennie Harris, as well as faculty works choreographed by Elizabeth Shea, Stephanie Nugent, Dr. Nyama McCarthy Brown, and Selene Carter. Upon graduation in 2019, Julianne moved to Chicago to pursue a pre-professional career at COMMON Conservatory under the direction Terence Marling. Through COMMON, she had the privilege of being in works choreographed by Terence Marling, Jackie Nowicki, Ana Long, and many other talented artists. Julianne has had the opportunity to perform in the Indy Fringe Festival performing with Nugent/Shea Dance Theater. She has attended summer intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gallim, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She is currently an administrative assistant with Chicago Movement Collective and a company member with Aerial Dance Chicago. If outside the studio, you can catch Julianne riding her bicycle or serving beers at Greenstar Brewing.
During Julianne’s junior year at IU, she dedicated her studies to a Dance Pedagogy curriculum, where she engaged in critical analysis and discussions, cultivated teaching skills and completed a social immersion project. This project served to forge a deeper understanding of the physical, social, and socio economic components of teaching diverse individuals through movement and personal experience. She gained classroom management skills and an acute awareness of the interrelationships and interdisciplinary components of dance education. Julianne’s experiences as a dance educator include the afterschool program, “Movement Exchange”, where she led creative movement sessions for the children of Girl’s Inc., the YMCA, and College Mentors for Kids in addition to her position, as a staff member at The Dance Gallery in Munster, Indiana. For the last seven years she has taught introductory jazz classes, exploratory ballet classes for youth and dance improvisation. These positions instilled patience, mentorship qualities, and confidence in her ability to impact young dancers.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2019