Julie Opiel (Memphis, TN) is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher currently residing in Los Angeles. Julie recently received her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University, where she performed in works by Merce Cunningham, Ilana Goldman and Anjali Austin, and acted as rehearsal assistant in the re-staging of George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes. While pursuing her master’s degree, Julie choreographed for FSU’s Days of Dance concert and for The Tallahassee Ballet’s An Evening of Music and Dance. She also taught Ballet at FSU’s School of Dance and was on faculty at the The Tallahassee Ballet School.
Julie received her BFA in Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, where she performed in works by Alvin Ailey and Antony Tudor among others. After graduating, she returned to Memphis to dance with Ballet Memphis for 3 years. There, she performed in classical and contemporary works by Steven McMahon, Julie Niekrasz, Trey McIntyre, and Karl Condon. Julie was also a Teacher at the Ballet Memphis School and a Teaching Artist for the company’s community engagement program. She has also performed for 2 seasons with Ashani Dances (founded by Iyun Harrison).
Julie has choreographed several works for the Ballet Memphis School and for the professional company’s Interiorworks series, for Racine + Southern Dance Exchange in Memphis, and for Imagine Dance Project in the St. Louis area.