Originally from Miami, Florida, Britt Juleen spent most of her performing career as a first soloist dancer in Europe at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, and in Germany’s Dresden SemperOper Ballet’s exquisite Opera House. She also performed with Ballet Arizona, Ballet Gamonet, and contemporary companies iMEE, Jacoby&Pronk, and SFDanceworks. Ms. Juleen studied dance at New World School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet School and holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University.
Britt has been fortunate enough to perform the classical and contemporary works of some of the worlds leading choreographers such as Balanchine, Forsythe, Kylian, Ashton, Cranko, Tudor, Robbins, Graham, Neumeier, Fokine, Massine, Hans van Manen, Dwight Rhoden, Mauro Bigonzetti, Uwe Scholz, Sir Peter Wright, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. She has also had the privilege to create original works together with Wayne Eagling, Ashley Page, Michael Uthoff, Jimmy Gamonet, Ted Brandsen, Aaron Watkin, Krystof Pastor, Rudi van Danzig, Leo Mujic, Maurice Causey, Alexander Ekman, and notably David Dawson. She is especially grateful for the opportunity to have worked personally with William Forsythe while working in Germany for many years.
Ms. Juleen has taught extensively across the San Francisco Bay Area including the company and schools associated with ODC Dance Company, Oakland Ballet Company, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She served as the Artistic Director for Berkeley Ballet Theater, was a full-time professor at San Jose State University and adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s College, and Hollins University. Her approach to teaching and choreography is greatly influenced by alternative studies of experiential anatomy and she is a certified Somatic Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering. Somatic approaches to movement exploration allow her to enrich her teaching of traditional ballet technique with a contemporary sense of authentic expression and kinesthetic development.
Britt is thrilled and honored to join the Department of Dance at University of Iowa!