Julie Marie Niekrasz

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JULIE MARIE NIEKRASZ is in her 12th season with Ballet Memphis. She has danced the lead roles in Steven McMahon’s Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet and as Wendy in Peter Pan, Clara in Nutcracker, the Princess in Joseph Jefferies’ Little Mermaid, Aurora in Travis Bradley’s Sleeping Beauty, and Hermia in Mark Godden’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other roles include in Matthew Neenan’s Water of the Flowery Mill, Party of the Year, and The Darting Eyes; in Reggie Wilson’s I Am A Man; and in Steven McMahon’s I Am. She also has danced in Trey McIntyre’s Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry, Barramundi, In Dreams and The Naughty Boy. Julie performed In Dreams with Ballet Memphis at the Kennedy Center as part of its Ballet Across America series and performed on tour in Guatemala. For Ballet Memphis, she has choreographed Corps de Fortitude, part of River Project 2. Julie represented Ballet Memphis as a member of the Sr. U.S. team at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Before joining Ballet Memphis, Julie trained at the School of Ballet Chicago under the direction of Daniel Duell and Patricia Blair, and danced with Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet II and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She is a teacher in the Ballet Memphis School and a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor for the Pilates Centre of Ballet Memphis. Julie is from Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craddock; Ann and Roger Knox; Sarah and Dr. Frank Ognibene