Tributes

Julie’s first teacher, Roma Prima Bohachevsky:
“In my thirty years of teaching, I’ve never had such a remarkable student. Julie radiated with outstanding talent and had such a beautiful personality. She was so shy and modest about her talent and never took anything for granted.  She was a very hard worker and always tried her best.  Her concentration and awareness in class were so great that she readily absorbed corrections and instructions, which enhanced her talent.  She loved to play with and help other children, and they loved her.”

 

New York City Ballet children’s choreographer, David Richardson:
“I’ve worked with many children from the School of American Ballet who appear with the New York City Ballet.  They all were special to me and some stood out more than others.  Julie was one.  She first appeared in the Polichinelle dance from “The Nutcracker”.  Extremely advanced for her age, she shared this dance with girls two and three years older.  As a young artist she immediately caught my eye as a serious devoted dancer with the dedication to perfection that their career dictates.  Her swift continued improvement saw her graduate from one ballet after another in the specialized repertoire for children at City Ballet.  In each ballet she met this commitment with her own lovely style.  Julie possessed a radiance which could have been formed into a future professional dancer.  I’m grateful I shared a few years with her talent.”

 

Nanette Charisse, teacher at Harkness House:
“The first time I met Julie was at Harkness House- where I taught a professional class- she was nine years old at the time- the only child in the class- but in spite of her Alice in Wonderland appearance she showed an awareness beyond her years- so receptive to all corrections- great sensitivity to all the finer points of technique- insight and a real hunger to learn.  Although she was able to accomplish the more difficult steps and follow complicated variations, there was an innocence with it all very becoming to her years.  Her presence was always an inspiration to the whole class- and certainly I have as her teacher  been repaid many times over.  What more can a teacher ask than to see what they are teaching take on such beautiful form as when Julie danced!” 

 

Anne Hebard, choreographer and teacher at David Howard studio:
“It was always a joy to have Julie in class.  A very talented young dancer who contributed as much to her classes with her enthusiasm, energy and love of dancing.  Julie was a very special child who will be remembered not only for her dancing but for her loving and generous spirit which was evident in everything she did.”

 

Teachers Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane:
“Julie was an exceptionally talented student with the proper attributes of a distinctive ballet dancer.  Her strong technique, her drive and vitality were quite remarkable for her age.  During my teaching sessions in Saratoga Springs and in New York, I noticed her total dedication to ballet and the intense concentration in classes.  Her progress was noteworthy.  I grew equally fond of her, both as a dancer and as a delightful young person.  It is a tragedy that the promise of Julie’s talent has not been fulfilled.”

 

Rev. Adolfo Calovini:
“Julie was kindness, gentleness, and strength.  So young and so mature, a beautiful revelation of God.  The maturity of your kindness, strength and beauty will dance in our souls till the day we will be with you.”

 

In the words of Julie’s mother and father:
“She has always been courageous with hope, she trusted us.  She felt deeply loved.  Before she became ill she tried to be excellent in everything – in school, in friendship, in ballet.  During her illness she continued to be devoted, dedicated, concentrated in everything she was doing.  She wanted to please people; she wanted to do her best for nurses, doctors and friends.  She tried to make things easy for everybody, even though her body was in terrible pain.  Her last words were, “I love you, mom & dad.”

 

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