I wouldn’t be the dancer I am today without Julie Smith! Her classes are challenging and eyeopening.Her jazz class is always a good sweat and taught me about dancing as full as you canand performing your heart out. Her floor barre class taught me so much about proper placementand she corrected a lot of problems I was having. Not only did she teach me great techniqueand how to properly take care of my body, she also taught me about performance andprofessionalism. Every time I am with her in or out of the studio she is always full of career andreal-world advice for me. She has taught me the importance of putting yourself out there andmaking connections. She has taught me which shows I should be going for and has guided mein making my resume. She is a great asset to any company or studio and always will be mygreatest teacher and mentor! I wouldn’t be a Rockette if I didn’t have Julie Smith in my life!
Julie was my first dance teacher. As a young student, what she taught me about dance wasamazing. However through her classes, Julie also taught me about confidence, passion, and theknowledge that anything is possible when you put the work in, (aka work ethic!) and thesecognitive lessons have proven critical in my development and have brought me to be where Iam today. I can’t thank her enough for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself and alwayschallenging me to be the best I can be!Tanner HusemanBFA in Contemporary Dance PerformanceThe Boston Conservatory
“Inspiring, empowering, motivating.” Julie taught me all these lessons and more, I have been nothing but successful because of thedance teacher that taught me that dance is a passion not a career. To love what you do meansmore than just steps across the floor, it means to have been taught by someone who loves whatthey do. Julie is the prime definition of passion and you will always look back and smile that yoursuccess is carved by the person that continued pushing you and never let you give up or getyourself down. So now I smile because that’s is Julie Pappas-Smith.
Working with Julie was always amazing and fun yet also very rigorous. She is always big aboutpreparation and about process which is very important especially when developing performance skills. It’s not magic. It takes time and effort. I think without her I wouldn’t have made this far inlife. I know that sounds very cliche, but she was the one who helped me get to the next leveland it wasn’t by doing show after show at the community theater. It was by taking voice anddance lessons every week and taking your work seriously. She knows what the business isreally about because she’s been there and she has a lot of knowledge to share, lots of lessonsto teach.
My daughter has been studying with Julie for over a year and I’m constantly amazed at the changes I’ve seen in her voice. She now has a better command of her voice and her technical knowledge and ability has increased tremendously. In line with that, Julie works hard to ensure that as her technical ability increases, she doesn’t sacrifice the parts of her voice that make her unique. Julie is a bright, gifted and compassionate teacher who combines hard work with fun ways to explore her voice. I’ll never forget one of my daughters first lessons with Julie where she asked her to use a specific technique that produced a strange sound she’d never heard come out of her own voice before and she burst out laughing. Julie laughed with her and said,”I know it seems funny now but you’ll see what a difference it’ll make later.” Boy was she right!! Paula Fernandez De Los Muros
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