Julia Wilkinson Manley, Director of The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado Receives the Wake Up Your Warrior Award
Tonight, The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s School Director, Julia Wilkinson Manley, will receive the Wake Up Your Warrior Award.
Julia Wilkinson Manley is one of three local recipients of the Wake Up Your Warrior Award. All of these recipients have helped their community or themselves through adversity.
The event features a VIP reception with hors d’oeuvres, awards show, local designer Gino Velardi fashion show, live music, DJ for dancing, (1) drink tickets per person, and cash bar.
This is an elegant black tie affair that benefits the charity, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. The mission of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is to change the lives of abused and neglected children through compassionate legal advocacy, education and public policy reform.
The Wake Up Your Warrior Award is dedicated to the warriors who have created, or are in the process of creating, full lives for themselves – to those shining beacons of hope who are fulfilling their dreams and goals and making a positive image in the Colorado community.
“I am very honored to receive this award and recognition. I want to thank Rebecca Moore and Fabi Thode for planning this event to build awareness about leaders in the community, who are working to make a difference, and also, for creating this event as a platform to build awareness and funds for abused and neglected children,” states Julia Wilkinson Manley.
Driven by her vision and passion for dance, Manley goes beyond her job description as Director of the School of BNC, putting in endless hours with an unyielding commitment to bringing dance/arts education to students of all walks of life.
Manley is guided by her philosophy that dance is enriching, fulfilling and should be available and accessible to all, regardless of age, ability, aspirations or socio-economic status. She strongly believes that when young people learn to dance, they learn to be confident through goal-setting, self-assessment, determination, follow-through and personal accountability. Their lives are enriched by an appreciation of the arts; they acquire tools needed to explore new possibilities in art and life. They learn to express themselves in healthy, disciplined ways.
Along with overseeing The School of BNC, Manley is also responsible for the organization’s Community Programs, which include three major programs, Title I Elementary Partnerships, Student Scholarships and Anti-bullying Educational Performances. In total, these programs reach more than 20,000 underserved individuals annually.
Manley has established Title I Elementary Partnerships for 2,000 students in four public schools in “high-need” neighborhoods each year for the past eight years. These Partnerships enhance and support the Title I schools’ specific curricular priorities. Working with the school faculty, an educational framework is established with appropriate outcomes and pre and post residency dance experiences to help these students learn various academic topics through the movement of dance.
Manley’s commitment to utilizing the arts as an educational tool and platform for making positive change are seen in two lecture demonstrations which she envisioned and facilitated: The Ugly Duckling Anti-Bullying Program and recently, Madeline Stands Tall. Between 2005-2010, The Ugly Duckling was presented to over 17,000 school children across the Denver metro area and it is now being performed nationally. These interactive productions use dance to engage school age children in a thoughtful conversation about bullying.
Finally, Julia has awarded over $70,000 in scholarships and tuition assistance annually to those unable to afford dance lessons.
Event and Ticket Information
Dates and Times Saturday, April 6th
VIP from 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Awards start at 8:30 p.m.
Location Chamber’s Grant Salon at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House