JULIE McLEOD created Art Without Limits as a nonprofit 25 years ago. It has come into its own time to serve the talented young artists in Santa Barbara County in 2009.

Julie was the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Dance Alliance for 10 years and was on their Board since its inception in 1979, serving as President and Vice-President. With SBDA, she produced and developed the annual Teen Choreographers Showcase (featured in February 2004 Dance Magazine); BASSH: Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Swing, Salsa & Hip-Hop; NEW WORKS: Santa Barbara Choreographers; Santa Barbara Dance Day and the Multi-Cultural Dance & Music Festival. She also developed their Scholarship Award program, which gave 114 awards in six years to talented youngsters to continue their studies locally.

She sits on the Artistic Advisory Boards of The Granada Theatre Project, SummerDance, and Marjorie Luke Theatre, and is a past member of the Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Council. Julie served on the Performing Arts League for six years and was their as President for two terms.

For 20 years, Julie was the owner of Dance Warehouse, a four-studio complex that housed 20 instructors in all forms of dance and produced studio concerts and weekly guest artist classes. She also directed and choreographed for her dance company Improv, Inc. Julie was the Santa Barbara News Press dance critic for 18 years, and has written for “Dance Teacher” and “Dance Magazine.”

Julie has a multi-decade background in dance as a performer. In New York she studied at Juilliard with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Doris Humphrey and Anthony Tudor. She worked with Jerome Robbins in the original Broadway production of “Westside Story”, and toured with Yul Brynner in “King & I.” She was on contract negotiating teams with Actor’s Equity in New York. She was flown to New York in December 2009 to perform on Broadway with Chita Rivera and Carol Lawrence, as an original member of the cast of West Side Story, for their 50 year reunion.

A passionate arts ‘rabble rouser’ her involvement in the arts includes management, advocacy, teaching, and choreography. Julie has served on City Arts Advisory committees, is a founding member of the state wide Dance Alliance – California Dance Network – and was awarded the first Santa Barbara Dance Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award in 1979 for her contribution to dance in Santa Barbara and was honored as a Local Hero in the Independent in 2005. She regularly serves on Task Forces for the betterment of arts and artists in Santa Barbara.

Art Without Limits is her current nonprofit project. It is developing one-on-one long-term mentorships with professional artists, who are paired with emerging artists in all of the arts, including performing, visual, literary, media and administration. The young artists work with their mentor on their art form, attend concerts, galleries, learn to critique, do outreach projects and attend seminars with business-related experts in arts law, contracts, grant writing, finding funds, and have a chance to have their work seen — all of which equips them for a successful career. Other programs have been developed, such as shorter mentorships, high school peer-to-peer mentorships, fiscal sponsorship for artists and collaborations with other organizations for the annual Art Career Day Conference.

Julie firmly believes that given the guidance and support of a mentor and the tools, talented artists can believe in themselves and have a successful career.

With guidance we can develop talented and confidential artists in many fields.

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Beate received a BFA in Dance from UCSB and a certificate from UCLA in film, TV and new media. At Julie McLeod’s studio, Dance Warehouse in SB, the rhythms of Flamenco hooked her. She was a member of  Esencia Flamenca, based in So. Cal. for several years. Upon moving to LA, she choreographed for commercials, film projects and fashion shows. Beate brings her experience in marketing and community relations from her work at Duke’s Malibu Restaurant to Art Without Limits. With her creative imagination and delight in working with artists she will be our Mentorship Liaison and Marketing Director.




Jacque’s first dance teacher was Arlene Satterlee. She holds a BFA in dance from UCSB in 1990 and a Masters in Audiology from the University of Iowa. In San Francisco and Tucson she performed with dance companies and occasionally got paid. Jacque currently works for Sansum Diabetes Research Institute as a Clinical Research Coordinator and grant writer. She has a passion for her husband, Jack, her two sons, dance, fencing and human rights. With her vast experience in research and grant writing, she has many skills and a passion for the arts to offer Art Without Limits.