Join us for a ballet technique master class taught by Julia Rust of the Joffrey Ballet!
Saturday, September 14, 2019
The class is open to dancers at an intermediate/advanced level of classical ballet technique, ages 12 and up. Classical ballet attire required. The cost is $25 payable on the day of the class.
About Julia Rust
Ms. Rust was offered a full company contract just a month after turning 17 years old and is excited for her second season with The Joffrey Ballet. Born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana, she trained with Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and the faculty of Indiana Ballet Conservatory. Ms. Rust furthered her training during summers at many prestigious international schools then year-round at The Washington School of Ballet - all on full scholarships. A graduate of The Washington School of Ballet, she worked extensively with Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev, and was chosen by Julie Kent to dance in The Washington Ballet's company productions of Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. She also continues to be mentored by Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky.
Ms. Rust was recently awarded the Silver Medal at the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition. The USA IBC is known as the “Olympics of Ballet” and the late Robert Joffrey was instrumental in its founding. Prior to this career achievement, she was awarded the Youth Grand Prix Award at the 2017 YAGP Semifinal and went on to place in the Top 12 at the YAGP World Finals in NYC. She is also the recipient of the Fernando Bujones Memorial Award at ADC|IBC.
During her debut season with the Joffrey, Ms. Rust had the honor to dance in Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in a featured role, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina, Andrea Walker’s World Premiere of Home, and Alexander Ekman’s Tulle. She was also chosen to dance in Joffrey’s tours to New York City in Balanchine: The City Center Years, Minnesota, and California.
As a Christian with a strong, personal relationship with God, Ms. Rust understands He has placed her in positions where she can share her testimony and the Good News with all those she meets. She considers it a privilege to pursue her passion while serving Him and truly feels the joy of dancing for His purpose each time she steps on the stage.
Interesting fact: Ms. Rust shares her passion for ballet with her twin sister and best friend, Morgan Rust, who is currently with The Washington Ballet.