From Evanston, IL, Julie Nakagawa was a featured dancer with Christopher D’Amboise’s Off Center Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance. She has also performed in Ruth Page’s Nutcracker and Die Fledermaus. Julie joined the staff of Lou Conte Dance Studio in January 1994 and rose to the position of Associate Director. In addition, she led Hubbard Street 2 from its inception in 1997 through February 2007 as the artistic director of the second company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, nurturing young dancers and establishing the National Choreographic Competition to provide creative opportunities for emerging dance makers. A sought-after teacher, Julie has taught classes for dance studios, university programs, and companies, locally, nationally, and internationally. She has served as a member and officer of the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA, has participated as a mentor in multiple pairings through Dance/USA’s Institute for Leadership Training, has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a member of the Citizens Committee for ChiArts. The Chicago Foundation for Women’s Asian American Leadership Council has honored Julie for her work in the creative arts.