Welcome to Julie’s Dance Studio
We love to teach and we love to dance! Our mission is to provide a positive learning atmosphere. Combined with a dedicated and caring staff whose passion is dance, we are committed to enhancing self-esteem and confidence, and teaching grace and posture with an enthusiastic spirit.
From ballet to bollywood, tap to contemporary, Julie’s Dance Studio “teaches life lessons through dance lessons.”
Since beginning in 1985, Julie’s Dance Studio has engaged young students as well as adults, in creative expression through dance. Our fun and positive atmosphere, along with a wide variety of classes, are just a couple of reasons why Julie’s Dance Studio is so popular.
Meet our Amazing Faculty & Staff
Julie’s Dance Studio, Ltd., is exceptionally proud of our faculty and staff. We recruit and employ like-minded people who love what they do! We love to teach! We believe this is our mission and we do our very best for each and every dancer.
Julie A. Setzer, Director of Dance (Teaching disciplines: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Production all ages)
Miss Julie is celebrating her 50th year in dance and 39th year as DOD of Julie’s Dance Studio, Ltd. Ms. Julie continues her study through continuing education seminars, conventions, conferences and classes throughout the United States. Ballet is the foundation from which all dance is formed and Ms. Julie is a ballet-based teacher receiving her education from famed teacher, author and choreographer ‘Miss’ Gail Grant. Other teachers in ballet, tap and jazz have included: Al Gilbert, George Zoritch, Rhoni Mahler, Frank Hatchett, Luigi and many others. In 2011, Miss Julie began studying with the Royal Academy of Dance which is one of the world’s largest and most influential dance education, teacher training organizations with over 13, 000 members in 79 countries. In 2013 she began a comprehensive teacher training program for dance teachers K-12 who teach multiple disciplines from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Along with studies in tap, jazz, classical ballet, contemporary ballet and lyrical, training in anatomy for dancers including prevention of injury and proper cross training and body conditional methods are included in the curriculum which will conclude in 2015.
Ms. Julie was formerly on the staff of Bowling Green State University, Northwest State College, Becky’s School of Dance and Vivienne’s Dance Studio. She has been a guest teacher at studios, colleges and gives all types of dance and dance related classes to area organizations, businesses, gymnastic clubs and ice skating clubs. She is a member of the Cecchitti Council of America since 1968, Professional Dance Teachers Association, Dance Educators of America, National Association of Performing Arts Educators, Ohio Dance Organization, Lifetime Achievement member of Cambridge Who’s Who Among Women Executives and Professionals and The DesignWorks Costume Advisory Board.
Ms. Julie’s students have toured nationally with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines, performed in New York City’s historic Manhattan Theatre in “The Nutcracker on Broadway”, performed at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Capital One All American Half Time Show and served as host for master classes with the Radio City Rockettes, LA’s Paul “Vision” Lee, the late ,Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Nathan Trasoras, dancers from Wicked, Legally Blonde, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast, and many others.
Ms. Julie’s students are invited each year to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cleveland Cavaliers, All American halftime show, Disney, Kings Island, Cedar Point and many other opportunities throughout the nation.
Sara Whitman, Teacher (Teaching disciplines: Ballet, Tap, Jazz all ages, Zumba & Zumba Atomic)
Ms. Sara is celebrating her 31st year involved in dance with JDS and is entering her 18th year teaching. Ms. Sara has done an extraordinary job as our Backstage Director for Star-Style for the past 23 years, and has been an invaluable presence in the studio. Ms. Sara is an accomplished craftsman and is an Independent Travel Consultant & business owner at Your Adventure Awaits Travel Planning by Sara.
Ms. Sara and husband Bill are the proud parents of 2 daughters, Adyson and Prestyn. Adyson is continuing her dance education at Oklahoma City University this fall (2023), which is one of the top 3 universities dance schools in the United States
Andrea Krieger, Teacher (Teaching disciplines: Acro Tumbling)
Ms Andrea has been teaching with JDS for 15 years and is celebrating her 31st year in dance. She specializes in Acro-tumbling although she is educated in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, production, lyrical, and competitive gymnastics as well. Ms Andrea and her husband Greg reside in Hancock County where she is a Manager at Great Lakes Toyota for the past 20 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Madison and Mckinley and son Zack.
Dolores Black, Guest Consultant (Disciplines: Ballet & Ballroom)
Ms. Dolores is a Cecchetti-based ballet teacher with training in Spanish dancing, tap, modern, square/folk and ballroom. Dolores has taught private group classes from the elementary through the university level and has also participated in ballroom and contra dancing in exhibitions and competitions. Choreographic works have included: Brigadoon, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Ernest in Love, She Loves Me, Little Mary Sunshine, Peter Gunn and many others. Dolores was also the Director for Orchesis, which is BGSU’s modern dance club.
Tim Barker, Teacher, (Teaching disciplines: Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater)
Mr. Tim is entering his 8th year teaching at JDS. He specializes in modern contemporary and ballet, but also is skilled in jazz, ballroom, and lyrical. Mr. Tim graduated from BGSU in May of 2014 and has danced previously in productions with the Dayton Opera and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. In addition to teaching at JDS, he has been involved with BG’s Dancing with the Stars, Horizon Youth Theatre and is a highly sought after choreographer in Northwest Ohio. Mr. Tim is an exciting performer and delights audiences wheneer he takes the stage.
Stephanie Bell, Teacher (Teaching disciplines: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theater)
At age 2 Miss Stephanie began as a student at JDS. Through her years she has taken numerous dance styles including: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary, world dance, and modern. Stephanie assisted with classes for many years before she started teaching while still in high school at BGCS. After graduation, Miss Stephanie attended Ball State University where she received her BFA in 2022. She enjoys teaching ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical and numerous other genres. Miss Stephanie is an exciting performer and delights audiences whenever she takes the stage.
Interested in teaching for us? We’re always on the lookout for passionate, energetic and experienced teachers to join our rock star faculty. If you’re interested in teaching please email us your resume detailing your experience. We’d also love to hear from you in at least 250 words why you would like to join our inspiring team of teachers. We look forward to hearing from you!