Julianna Bulgarelli grew up in the Pasadena area, and began studying ballet, tap, and musical theater at Pasadena Civic Ballet. At 15, she was accepted into the Colburn School’s professional training program, under the direction of Leslie Carothers, Glenn Edgerton, and Glen Eddy. Julianna was later accepted into The Ailey School/Fordham University’s BFA Program in New York and in 2015, graduated magna cum laude with honors in Spanish studies. While at The Ailey School, she was fortunate enough to perform works by Nicholas Villaneuve, Germaul Barnes, Matthew Rushing, and Alenka Cizmesija. She also became a member of JUNTOS Collective, a non-profit that uses dance to develop leadership and community building in underserved areas. With JUNTOS, she performed and taught dance workshops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and New York City.
Currently, Julianna is very proud to be on faculty at the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, where she teaches modern dance to young dancers. She is also the dance teaching artist at both Angelica Center for Arts and Music and Hope Street Family Center, two organizations that bring arts programs to youth in the Pico-Union and downtown areas. As well as teaching youth, Julianna also teaches open adult dance and movement-wellness classes at Pilates & Arts in Echo Park.
As a choreographer, Julianna has performed and presented her own work as part of Dance Recourse Center’s Terra Nova Residency program, led by Rosanna Gamson and has also traveled to New Mexico and Costa Rica to choreograph, teach, and perform. In 2019, she became an apprentice with JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, under the direction of Pat Taylor and is thrilled to be working with a choreographer whose work is infused with the rich history of jazz and modern dance.
In addition to dancing and teaching, Julianna is also very passionate about music and the global impact that the arts can have on people of all backgrounds. She hopes to continue to share with future generations the power of building cross-cultural connections through the arts.