2021-2022 Academic Year
Julie LaMancuso Keilman is the National Tour Director of the American Dance Awards and ADA in Class. Julie is also a sought-after choreographer and teacher based out of Buffalo, NY. Known for her high energy classes and award-winning choreography, Julie has been on faculty and taught as a guest artist at many of Western New York’s premier dance schools. She is an alumni of the David DeMarie Dance Studio, was a founding member of the Buffalo based pre-professional contemporary company Infinity Dance Project, and trained at the American Academy of Ballet.
Julie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo in Dance in 2012. Her choreography was featured in collegiate level productions such as Dancers Workshop, Emerging Choreographers Showcase and Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. Julie’s work has represented UB’s Department of Theatre & Dance at the American College Dance Festival at Penn State University. She served as the Assistant to the Director for both Zodiaque Dance Ensemble and Zodiaque Dance Company, which gave her invaluable experience in arts management and theatrical production. Julie is a past recipient of the Amanda Occhino Endowment Scholarship of the Arts, given annually to the dance major who shows the most dedication to the program of Theatre & Dance. Julie was commissioned to set work at Fredonia State University and has been the guest choreographer for In Good Company Productions, staging and choreographing Once On This Island and High School Musical.
In the summer of 2011, Julie was named America’s Young Choreographer of the Year at the American Dance Awards Nationals in Boston, MA. In the Spring of 2012 she joined the American Dance Awards team as a judge and faculty member, and the rest is history. In addition to her work with ADA and ADA in Class, she currently guest teaches and choreographs across the US and Canada. Julie’s favorite part of her work is that it gives her the opportunity to help students come to realize their full potential as dancers, artists, and people.