Julia Wilkinson Manley

Spotlight on Scholarship Students: Skyler

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


When he was in fifth grade, Skyler caught the eye of BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson-Manley during a BNC community outreach program, Teaching Math Through Dance. Shortly after this program, Skyler started dancing at BNC as a scholarship student. During his 5 years at BNC, Skyler has performed the part of Fritz and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker. Skyler's favorite part in The Nutcracker was the Prince because it "highlights his strong jumps and movements." Skyler is also a member of the student company.  In class, Skyler is learning to lift and carry the female dancers. Skyler loves showcasing his skills and competing. In fact, this year he won at the annual Denver Ballet Guild Competition. And he will be performing at Gala on June 2nd, and it "will be the best yet." In the future, Skyler plans to go to college to study dance and become a professional dancer and instructor some day.

 You can see Skyler and the rest of the student company perform Madeline Stands Tall on May 12th. Tickets start at $10!

You can also help support BNC by sponsoring one of our scholarship students.  To learn more about this opportunity email BNC’s Executive Director, Christin Crampton Day, ccday@bncdance.com.

Congratulations Julia!

Posted on: April 6th, 2012 by admin


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

Cost                                               Ticket Prices: $40 General Admission & $80 VIP



Be More Award!

Posted on: January 31st, 2012 by sasha-galikeeva


EXCITING NEWS!!!! Julia Wilkinson Manley, director of the School of BNC, has been nominated for the 2012 Rocky Mountain PBS Be More Award! The Be More Award is presented to a leader who has demonstrated outstanding innovative leadership and direction in their field. Julia is one of three finalists and the recipient of the award will be chosen on April 24. We at BNC are super excited about this nomination and so proud of Julia! Her passion for students is unmatched and during her 10 years as school director at BNC she has created new programs and inspired and enriched the lives of many students.

Wargin & Wilkinson Manley Workout on 9 News

Posted on: November 28th, 2011 by admin


Wake up tomorrow and burn some Thanksgiving calories with BNC's School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley and Susie Wargin from 9 News.  Wargin Workout airs on My 20 and 9 News at 8:20am.  Your body will thank you!

What is Buggy Ballet?

Posted on: November 26th, 2011 by admin


On Nov. 17th, I had the privilege to watch first-hand BNC's Community Programs come to life and see the positive impact they are making with underserve populations in the Denver Metro community. Buggy Ballet was a culminating performance which took place at Monaco Elementary, one of the four Title I Schools BNC is working with to create kinesthetic learning to teach various subjects, including science. This performance and BNC's Community Programs was featured this week in Commerce City's Sentinel Express. Read the article.

BNC Alum Dances Lead in Balanchine Ballet

Posted on: November 19th, 2011 by Julia Wilkinson Manley


Last night I had the great privilege to see our former student, Bridget Maginity, dance the lead in George Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante at the University of Arizona. It was a quick trip, but so beautifully justified from the moment she stepped on stage. As professor and world-wide master teacher James Clouser said of Bridget last night, "She makes me understand the music - she IS the music." Below is a picture of Bridget and her partner Barton Cowperthwaite in Allegro, and me - proud BNC School Director - with Bridget after the show.

Students Collaborating, Just Like the Pros

Posted on: September 30th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon


Last night, Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Teen Council and The School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado's Composition class met for the first time to begin work on a collaborative project.

Lighthouse and BNC have been working together since 2007 and have created two world premiere productions that bring the written word together with dance. Now, we are delighted to be getting the students in on the action.

Over the coming months these young writers and dancers will be exploring the nature of collaborative creation and work to create short works that will be presented in a performance this spring.

After introductions, Lighthouse's Michael J. Henry and I shared a little about our personal experiences working together and then the students got down to business. Led by Lighthouse's Megan Nix and BNC's Julia Wilkinson Manley and Jayne Persch, the students settled on "Awakenings" as the theme of their project. The students were then teamed up in groups of two and three to begin getting to know each other and exploring ideas.

What a pleasure it was to see all of these talented students in deep, thoughtful discussions as they begin this new journey together. I can't wait to see what happens.


Pix of our Solid Gold Couple

Posted on: September 24th, 2011 by Julia Wilkinson Manley


Check out these great photos by our dear friend Dave Jennings at the Broomfield Enterprise. You'll see all of the competitors and their hilarious shenanigans! What a fun night!

Solid Gold at Dancing With the Broomfield Stars

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by Julia Wilkinson Manley


Congratulations to the Broomfield Community Foundation for their huge fundraising success with their 2nd annual Dancing With the Broomfield Stars last night. BNC was proud to be a part of the festivities with star Heather Drake of Flatiron Crossing Mall and BNC faculty member Collin Eckoff. Our gleaming couple, dressed in gold lamé a la 1970's Solid Gold dancers, dazzled the audience with choreography to the music of the Bee Gees. BNC School Director Julia Wilkinson Manley choreographed the dance, spending just shy of 30 hours in rehearsal with this incredibly hard-working couple.

Here is a picture of Heather last night - just before donning her Solid Gold costume:

Video and more pictures coming soon!

And a picture of our inspiration:

A side note: Check out Heather's Reign Maker page. She gives a great shout-out to adult classes at the School of BNC!!!

BNC’s Julia Wilkinson Manley in Dancing with the Broomfield Stars event

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Elaine Adair



dancing with the Broomfield stars rehearsalBNC’s own Julia Wilkinson Manley has been hard at work with Flatiron Crossing's Heather Drake and BNC faculty member Collin Eckoff preparing for this year’s “Dancing with the Broomfield Stars” benefit for the Broomfield Community Foundation on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm. This event is modeled after the hit TV show, featuring local business and community leaders paired with Broomfield area dance professionals. In addition to the great dancing, delicious food will be provided by local restaurants and The Phil Long Band is scheduled to make a special appearance at the event. Come on down to this event to contribute to a great cause!Tickets range in price from $20 for students up to $55 for reserved floor seating. For more information please visit www.broomfieldfoundation.org/event/dancing-broomfield-stars or call 303-469-7208