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Event Phone: 213-926-3861

  • The College Prep Workshop Series
    September 22, 2018
  • The Huntsville Workshop
    September 22, 2018
  • The Fresno Workshop
    September 29, 2018
  • The Southern California Workshop
    October 6, 2018
  • The Seattle Workshop
    October 14, 2018
  • The Northern California Workshop
    October 21, 2018

With Julie Friedrich

Associate Director for College and Career Preparation, Francisco Gella Dance Works  

As we have seen the rise in the dedication to and interest in higher education and dance careers from diverse talent across the country, this new college preparatory workshop is designed specifically for students who want to move on to that vital next step in their path towards becoming professional dancers. The program will be tailored to meet the individual needs of each student, so whether the student is considering a full time collegiate-level arts conservatory or pursuing a minor in dance along with their academic major at a university, each student will have the resources to meet their needs. This course will give our most talented dance students the guidance and one-on-one help necessary to succeed in gaining entry to a top level dance/arts program or rounding out their college education with an arts minor. This seminar unites the artistic development with the intellectual evolution of the dance student. The workshop surmises the culmination of the high school dance experience and positions the student for the greatest possible success in higher education, conservatory or pre‐professional opportunities of the highest caliber.

About Julie Friedrich

Julie Friedrich created and led the college seminar program for over ten years at two premiere arts high schools in California; the Orange County High School for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. The overwhelming success of the program led Francisco Gella Dance Works to add the program to their roster of offerings in 2017. Under the mentorship and guidance of Julie Friedrich her students have gone on to study at such schools as; USC Kaufman, Juilliard, Boston Conservatory,  NYU Tisch, Laban School, and University of Michigan. In 2013 President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers, and her work with numerous winners of the Young Arts Competition.

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I see a lot while I’m traveling and I get a lot of notes from parents that concern me. A lot of dance injuries (some of them serious) are occurring that do not need to happen. This is a plea to please treat young bodies with the care they deserve. Get the proper training from knowledgable teachers and don’t encourage things on stage or in the studio that the body is not trained to do. You have plenty of time. Don’t rush it.

If you do have a serious injury, don’t jump right into surgery. First seek diagnosis from a physician, physical therapist, and coaches/trainers who understand dance injuries specifically. Based on my experience we need a LOT more education on injury prevention, proper training methodologies, developmentally appropriate choreography, and understanding of kinesthetics and anatomy.

We are the teachers and the directors entrusted with the care of these young bodies and minds. When we don’t know what we need to know, let’s seek out the knowledge from those who do. Our egos should NEVER get in the way of seeking and sharing expertise. Busy professional and personal lives should never be an excuse to not make the health of our dancers the top priority.