Julia Burrer, Photo by Vesa Loikas
Originally from Austin, Texas, Julia Burrer received a BFA in dance performance from SUNY-Purchase College. She is currently completing her MFA at University of Washington where her thesis project is the development of a dance history course examining how critical theories and larger cultural trends align with choreography of the 20th and 21st century. In addition to her thesis, her focus at University of Washington has been in pedagogy, with an interest in teaching methods, anatomy and alternative somatic practices. Before her graduate studies, Julia was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007 to 2015. She has staged various Varone works on companies and universities throughout the U.S., including assisting with his 2013 remounting of Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera. During her time in New York, she also danced professionally with Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Gwen Welliver, and the Median Movement. She has served as adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and Barnard College, as well as, directed 92nd Street Y’s teen performing company, Harkness Repertory Ensemble, from 2011-2015. Julia has been a guest artist at Bates Dance Festival and Gibney Dance Center and has led workshops and master classes in the U.S. and abroad.