Julia Aplin is a Toronto based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has been involved in dance for thirty years and plans to continue for another thirty at least. Thus far, she has had stellar opportunities to work with astounding artists. Most importantly, her 12—year association with Dancemakers under the artistic direction of Serge Bennathan has inspired and shaped her ever widening view of what dance can be.



As well as originating many roles in Serge Bennathan’s full length works, Julia has worked for other remarkable choreographers such as Julia Sasso, Marie-Josee Chartier, Jean Pierre Perrault and Andrea Nann . Julia was a founding member of Platform33, a collective for International dance exchange. Through this company she worked with choreographers Kim Itoh from Japan, Damian Munoz from Spain and Louise Bedard from Montreal.



Julia has been active as a choreographer since 1989. Her most recent works have been collaborations with composers and musicians. Her work has been presented by Ffida, University of Waterloo, Dances for a Small Stage, The School of Dance, Dancemakers, Dancing on the Edge, The Theatre Centre. She has received commissions from companies such as Dusk Dances, York University, Madawaska String Quartet, Art in Open Spaces, The Theatre Centre, Dancemakers, Company Blonde and Canadian Brass. Her work has been presented across Canada and in Europe. Currently Julia is creating a duet for herself and Linnea Swan, commissioned by the Harbourfront Centre for the Luminata Festival.



Currently, with Rick Hyslop and Aubrey Reeves, Julia leads ImPULSE Lab, creating improvisational and collaborative performances with dancers, musicians and visual artists. This July, she will be performing at the Sound Symposium in St John’s with the musicians of The Shruti Project.



In her work as a teacher, Julia has led professional and pre-professional classes at Dancemakers, Teacher’s Collective, Platform 33, University of Waterloo, Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dance and Theatre Gargantua. She also teaches school age children and has taught at Etobicoke School for the Arts. Claude Watson High School for the Performing Arts and the B.E.N. School House. She is a core technique teacher and choreographer for the Y.M.I. dancers, a youth performance company.



Julia’s film credits include JOE by Jean Pierre Perreault produced by CBC, The Rings of Saturn with choreography by Robert Desrosiers and direction by Mose Mossananen, and two Bravo fact shorts, Terrain and Sporting Life.



She has been known to perform on her accordion and shares with John Gzowski, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for sound design in Froth’s 1998 production of Quartet, and a nomination for conception sonore from the Academie Quebecoises du Theatre for The Possibilites. She performed Paul Quarrington’s monologue written for Volcano’s production of Mortality.



Julia began working with Ann Tutt and the Mitzvah technique in 1999 and began her teacher training in 2005. She strives to incorporate the invaluable movement principles of this technique into all aspects of her dance career.