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Press Release: Julie Bowers shortlisted for ODUK People's Choice Award

Jan McNulty

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For immediate release — 11/10/2021
Julie Bowers shortlisted for  the OneDance UK People's Choice Awards 2021
© Julie Bowers / OneDance UK

Julie Bowers shortlisted for 
the OneDance UK
People's Choice Award 2021

bbodance Director of Artistic Development Julie Bowers was shortlisted in the top three nominees for this year's OneDance UK People's Choice Award for her remarkable achievements during the pandemic.

Formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), bbodance is a 90-year-old membership organisation with teachers and students around the world.

2020 hit bbodance tremendously. Julie took her position last February, shortly before the UK went into lockdown and in-person classes ceased.

Government guidelines seemed to change daily. Dance teachers were struggling to move their classes online while students, confined to their homes, were growing anxious and unmotivated. 

Throughout this, Julie liaised with advisers and organisations to ensure our teachers knew exactly what to do. She met with them online every few days and was accessible to them at all hours. She spearheaded moving our courses and examinations online; securing support from our Patrons, she created inspiring events and challenges to keep members engaged; on top of that, she forged relationships with other dance organisations as a form of mutual support. 

Perhaps due to this strong leadership in a time of great need, bbodance grew during the past year, welcoming new teachers from 15 countries over 5 continents.

“Without Julie's flexibility, business acumen, and extraordinary energy, bbodance would not have weathered the pandemic. 2020 was our 90th yearbut could well have been our last — not even during the war were classes cancelled like this. We thank everyone who nominated her for this prestigious award — well-deserved recognition for a truly remarkable colleague,” stated bbodance CEO, Robin Bloor.

A former professional dancer with The Royal Ballet, Julie has dedicated her career to developing accessible dance training programmes across the UK, North America, and beyond.

The 2021 OneDance UK Awards will be live-streamed on 19 November. Good luck Julie!

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About Julie Bowers

Julie Bowers BA Hons ARAD RT bbodance, bbodance Examiner trained in the bbodance Classical Ballet syllabus at a bbodance school in Staffordshire. After being on the organisation's scheme for talented students, the bbodance Scholars, she progressed to Elmhurst Ballet School, where she was the first-ever Head Girl, and the Royal Ballet Upper School. Julie subsequently became a professional dancer with The Royal Ballet and appeared in Serenade, Consort Lessons, David Bintley's Still Life at Penguin Café, and many other productions.

After retiring in 1991, Julie pursued a BA Joint Honours degree in International History and American Studies and taught at Northern Ballet School and The Hammond School (Deputy Head of Dance). Subsequently, at the Royal Academy of Dance, Julie created the very successful RAD Associate Scheme now running throughout the UK, Europe, and Canada, and the Genée Dance Challengea competition now held in the UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. Prior to her current role, Julie served as Head of bbodance Membership and Communications and the bbodance Scholars Scheme. Get in touch  Julie Bowers LinkedIn

About bbodance

Founded in 1930 by Edouard Espinosa and formerly known as the British Ballet Organization (BBO), bbodance is an international dance awarding organisation headquartered in London, UK. We provide Ofqual-recognised syllabi and examinations in Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Tap, teacher training, and inspiring events. bbodance Patrons include Craig Revel Horwood, Mark Baldwin OBE, and Brandon Lawrence.

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