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Julie Crothers is a white, queer, disabled performer, choreographer, and community educator based in Berkeley, CA. As a maker, Julie utilizes contemporary dance, character, and comedy to tell stories, encourage self-reflection, and foster connection. In everything she creates, Julie strives to be honest, bold, and full of self-irony, and loves inviting audiences into the worlds she creates, where all are welcome. 

Her solo choreographic work has been presented on stages throughout the Bay Area and beyond, including Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, ODC Theatre, Joe Goode Annex, Gibney Dance Center and Joria Mainstage Theatre in NYC, and Bates Dance Festival New Works Showcase. She has also presented solo work at CHOPSHOP Dance Festival in Bellevue, WA and International Women in Dance Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, PA. 

Julie has danced with AXIS Dance Company, performing works by Joe Goode, Sonya Delwaide, Marc Brew, Alex Ketley, Bobbi Jene Smith, Maurya Kerr, Amy Seiwert, Sophie Stanley, and Stephan Koplowitz, and touring to more than 35 cities nationally and internationally. She has also danced for Bay area based companies Sharp & Fine, Sarah Bush Dance Project, Tara Pilbrow Dance, Wax Poet(s), and Kickbal.


Julie is passionate about increasing the accessibility of dance for all and is currently on staff at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center and a teaching artist for Oakland Ballet's You Can Dance! residency program. In 2020, Julie was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to watch". A Tennessee native, Julie studied Dance Performance and Choreography and Arts Administration at Elon University, graduating in 2014.



Visiting Artist, MANCC - April 2023 (FL)

Rootstock Resident, The Croft - June 2022 (MI)

Artist in Residence, Earthdance - Winter 2021 (MA)

Choreo-Lab Choreograper, AXIS Dance Company - 2018, 2019 (CA)

Summer Artist in Residence, Studio 210 - 2018 (CA)

Feedback Artist, Joe Goode Performance Group - 2018 (CA)

Emerging Artist in Residence, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center - 2018 (CA)

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