Julie Lushington is the kind of person who would rather weed than read. She has always been happier in movement than in stillness. So signing her up for dance lessons at age 4 was probably a good choice by her parents. And when she started to show some respectable talent in that area, especially modern dance, her parents had no choice but to support her decision to pursue a degree in dance at U.C. Berkeley. When Julie boarded a plane to New York after graduation, her parents heartily waved good-bye, masking any possible misgivings they might have been feeling. But she survived 11 years in the Big Apple performing and touring with two modern dance companies, and, in the end, earned her Masters degree at NYU in movement education.
Since moving back to California, she has taught Pilates for rehabilitation at the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, DanceMedicine division, and at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. She has also taught anatomy/kinesiology for dancers at Mills College and at San Jose State University.
Julie has also had the good fortune of sharing her love of movement with the young actors of Castro Valley Dramatic Arts Academy in California. She has been choreographing "movement pieces" for CVDAA since its inception in 2003 for both middle and high school actors. She choreographed Enso Theatre Ensemble's "Pride and Prejudice" in the summer of 2015.