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Julie McLeod

FOCUS: Dance, Nonprofits, and Administration

Julie McLeod spent the last 40 years in SB involved in the arts and nonprofit world. Julie served on the Arts Advisory Committee, where she was the President of Performing Arts League. She has been on many committees dedicated to the well-being of arts/artists. Julie founded and directed Dance Warehouse for 20 years with a staff of 20 teachers, guest artists, and studio concerts. She was influential in forming SB Dance Alliance working as their board president for 30 years and as executive director in her last 10 years with them. Julie received a scholarship at Juilliard School studying with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Anthony Tudor, and more. She was in the original cast of “West Side Story” on Broadway and toured with Yul Brynner in “King and I.” She has been involved and trained in many art forms. She knows many artists in Santa Barbara and is well-respected.  

Julie formed Art Without Limits in 2009 to help highly talented artists become professional with the support a mentor can give to help them achieve their goals. Julie feels this is her best achievement yet and wants to leave this as her legacy. She originally mentored Jackie Rotman and was excited with the results. Jackie’s group is national, has its own nonprofit and Julie feels she never ‘did’ anything for Jackie, only pointed out possibilities. This sparked her forming AWoL.

In past years, Julie has had the opportunity to mentor amazing emerging artists including:

  • Derrick Curtis (2013) in dance production of his BASSH program,

  • Cecily Stewart (2013) dance outreach program

  • Liam Burke (2011) in dance reviews and criticism,

  • Mina Zivkowitz (2011) nonprofit management,

  • Cybil Gilbertson (2010) in production admin,

  • Breanne Lewis (2010) in nonprofit production,

  • Jackie Rotman (2005).