In 2005, Julia started her journey as a belly dancer. She was exposed and highly emotionally affected by music from the Arab world years earlier while living in Prague, Czech Republic and dreamed of learning how to dance. Upon her return to Canada in 2004, she decided that after the birth of her son, she would seek out a belly dance studio and learn to dance as she had dreamed of doing in her 20s. This is when she found Haft Vadi studio, and has had the pleasure of studying with Dharlene Valeda as her main instructor ever since!
Dance has been a way for Julia to bring about spiritual healing, grace and confidence which has affected every aspect of her life. Over the years, she has performed at various parties, festivals, weddings and has also taught beginner belly dance and mini workshops as well. Along with her studies with the lovely Dharlene, she has studied with some of the best in the belly dance world such as Ranya Renee, Mahmoud Reda, Sahra Saeeda, Zahra Zuhair, Leila Gamal, Randa Kamal, Roula Said, Yasmina Ramzy, Samantha Bernstein, Luna of Cairo and Nouhan Shariff. Over the past couple of years, Julia has broadened her understanding of form and movement though studying ballet and modern dance with Larissa Loomes of Solskin Dance as well as continuing belly dance studies.