East Coast Program Manager
Julia Hallissey Horner is originally raised in Cleveland, Ohio and currently a resident of New York. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program where she graduated with a double major in Dance and Women & Gender Studies. She is currently a freelance dancer, working with Mook Dance Company. She worked with JUNTOS during her entire college career, attending all 3 Abroad trips and participating in Local outreach and events in New York and San Francisco. In summer 2017, she completed the Ambassador program with a capstone project, teaching for a month in Jocotenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala (read more here). Julia had always had an interested in the intersections of activism, outreach, and dance. Her senior year at Ailey/Fordham was spent researching and writing about politically active choreographers, and finding the connection between physical bodies, dance, art, and political movements. She then choreographed an evening length piece called “Protesting Bodies”, to physicalize her research. She joined the JUNTOS team as the East Coast Manager in 2018 and hopes to continue creating art that pushes boundaries and aids people in self expression and healing.
My work with JUNTOS constantly reminds me of why I dance and why I want to share the gift of dance with others.
I remember an experience on my first JUNTOSAbroad trips, while we were in Nagarote, Nicaragua. I had a really difficult day, trying to get about 5 boys to focus on the movement and stay engaged in the class. I had to switch my approach to teaching them, moving from sternness, to encouragement and positive energy. They went on to perform the piece with confidence and excitement, days later. This not only taught me to be a better listener, but also how learning something new, specifically dance, can build confidence, and provide and outlet for expression that the young men would not have had otherwise. It was also important for me to realize that dance is not just about technique and rules, but also about enjoyment and community.