--Eric T. Marquart

"I have been quite impressed by CVDAA’s program and staff. Not only are they very dedicated to helping each and every student but, my son has developed character skills and appreciation for the arts beyond my wildest expectations.  Often one would think that theater is an individual pursuit, not so at CVDAA. They are taught that each performer has a key role in every production. Whether it is a lead role, or a supporting role, every performance is only as good as the team, no one student can “make or break” a show.  I am amazed after each production when talking to my son, that he does not ask how his performance was but, instead who my favorite fellow performer was and who did a good job. Team work and camaraderie to a very high level. What more can a parent ask for?"

-parent of a student at CVDAA

Julie is the kind of person who would rather weed than read. She has always been happier in movement than in stillness. So signing her up for dance lessons at age 4 was probably a good choice by her parents. And when she started to show some respectable talent in that area, especially modern dance, her parents had no choice but to support her decision to pursue a degree in dance at U.C. Berkeley. When Julie boarded a plane to New York after graduation, her parents heartily waved good-bye, masking any possible misgivings they might have been feeling. But she survived 11 years in the Big Apple performing and touring with two modern dance companies, and, in the end, earned her Masters degree at NYU in movement education.

Since moving back to California, she has taught Pilates for rehabilitation at the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Dancemedicine division, and at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek. She has also taught anatomy/kinesiology for dancers at Mills College and at San Jose State University. One of her great joys in life is introducing young dancers to the concept of working intelligently with their own, unique bodies in terms of proper alignment and building strength to promote injury prevention and she is very grateful to have that opportunity during the summer workshops at The San Ramon Valley Dance Academy.

Another great joy is sharing her love of movement with the young actors of CVDAA. Just as dancers must know how to act, actors must know how to move their bodies through space while maintaining character, and hopefully with a little rhythm. She has been choreographing “movement pieces” for CVDAA since its inception in 2003 for both middle and high school actors. But of course her greatest joy in life is her family, two remarkable children who made sure that mom really did keep moving, two dogs who are doing the same, and a passionate husband whose selfless commitment to his kids is what allows me to describe them as remarkable. Thanks, babe. You da man!

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