Portrait of the month: meet Julia Radick

Originally from New York City, Julia began her dance training at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High Scool of Music & Art and Performing Arts and subsequently pursued a BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After obtaining her degree, she joined the NW Dance Project before joining BJM at the beginning of 2019.

Was the choice to become a professional dancer difficult?
I decided to become a dancer when I was about six years old, after watching Michael Flately perform in Riverdance. I had never seriously considered a different career, so it was a very easy choice for me.

What was a memorable moment on stage for you?
About three years ago I was dancing Ihsan Rustem’s piece “Yidam” at the Joyce with NW Dance Project. Within the first two minutes of the piece, I hit my nose on my knee and it started bleeding profusely. My nose bled pretty continuously for the rest of the piece (about another 20 minutes) and the blood got all over the stage and the dancers’ costumes (our tops were white). The crew had to disinfect the stage during intermission and the wardrobe department emergency-washed our costumes as soon as we got offstage. I’m from New York, so I had a lot of friends and family in the audience that night. It was certainly a memorable performance!

Since you have joined BJM, was there a particular city or country that left an impression on you?
I joined BJM in January and two days after I started we left for a seven-week tour of Europe. The second city we visited on that tour was Lugano, Switzerland. We had a day off there and some of the dancers and I went on a long hike to the top of Mont Bré, which overlooks the city and the water. The hike itself was beautiful, but the view at the top was breathtaking. I loved how small I felt compared to the endless water, land, and sky that we saw from the top. It was special to share that feeling with my fellow dancers.

You are from New York City – do you miss it?
I moved away from New York in 2012, and I’ve missed it every day since! I miss the ease of the subway system, delicious pizza for $1 at anytime day or night, and all of the museums. I miss my family and friends too!

What kind of music do you listen to?
I go through phases with the music I listen to. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of indie and folk music. I’m particularly into San Fermin, from Brooklyn, and Radiation City, from Portland, OR, right now.