Julio Sierra

When I first took Francisco Gella’s class I absolutely knew nothing about dance and all of it has to offer me. Francisco Gella introduced me to a world of my dreams and because of the way he taught me, he me made me fall in love with dance from the moment I took my first class from him. His teachings really inspired me to dance from my heart and so my movement really derives from emotions and life experiences. He always told us that “dance because you love it, dance because you live it, dance because you have nothing to prove and everything to share” and that’s what I wanted to become. I wanted to share everything that I am experiencing in life through movement and creating work and this is all from that one phrase that he would constantly remind us what dance is all about. As I’ve been introduce to this art form relatively late, Francisco’s teaching and choreography really became the foundation of my development as an artist. He pushed me to where I needed to be and still makes me to want more and to never settle.

Julio Sierra
Dance Major Class of 2019
The Juiliard School