Julie Dziedzic

I would like to think that I am an excellent choreographer, performer, teacher and motivator. I love working with all age groups and enjoy helping them achieve self-discipline and a positive self-image through dance.

I began dancing at the age of three and when I was sixteen, I moved to Los Angeles.  There I studied with top teachers and choreographers in the country, concentrating on all styles of Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre. I also assisted Carol Conners, who was teaching at L.A. Dance Academy at the time and is one of the co-founders of L.A. Danceforce.  Through L.A. Danceforce and the Academy of EDGE, I was able to perform and also work with Bill Prudich, and Keith Clifton. At seventeen, I had the distinct honor of dancing with Rita Moreno on Good Morning America.

I later moved to Scottsdale, AZ, and taught Jazz and Tap for the Dance Department Chairman at Scottsdale Community College.  After awhile, I returned back to the Chicago area in 1994 and taught for several dance studio in the Northwest Suburbs.  I later became the Orchesis Director at St.Viator High School in Arlington Heights.  Over these years, I took pride in improving every dance program I had the honor of teaching for.

I later decided to move to Ottawa, IL in 2009 and became the artistic director and later owner of Ottawa Dance Academy.  It was so much fun to grow the dance program there and to be regionally and nationally recognized at many conventions and competitions including Dupree, Applause, Hollywood Dance Experience, Talent on Parade, Bravo and Groove, to name a few.

I am also the choreographer for recording artist Jason Antone, and most recently choreographed and performed in his show, The Real Thing. As a choreographer, I have won numerous awards, including “Top Score” for small group, solo, duet and production numbers at Creation dance competition.

After 10 successful years, my family and I decided to close the studio and start a new chapter in our lives by moving to Sioux Falls.  I cannot tell you enough how excited I am to have a chance to grow the Musical Theater program and to help dancers find a new dance passion at MDC!