Door County Dance Photography
Last year our youngest, Hadley, took lyrical dance through our local YMCA. Her instructor was a beautiful young woman, Julia. We had known just a bit about Julia through our oldest daughter Marley as they both had worked on a local project called LEAP The Human Kindness Project together in High School. Julia was taking a gap year as she prepared to attend a dance school the following year. She was working hard at her craft as well as working many hours in retail and instructing dance for little ones. Hadley followed Julia’s lead and advise and began taking ballet lessons last summer from the same trained retired professional ballerina. Our little dancer was also able to take hip hop via another instructor, her favorite genre.
I was so impressed with Julia’s hard work, responsibility and her presence as a young adult. She’s been a fantastic role model to my little dancer. I decided to offered up a dance photo shoot to Julia before she headed off to school late this summer. I’m so glad that I offered to do so as I found out that I love to capture dancers. Hadley and I along with some other parents and dancers had the opportunity over the Holidays to catch up with Julia. She was home on break and came for a gathering at a Door County Ballet instructor’s home. We chose to gift her a custom photo album of the following images, as a token of thanks for being such an inspirational and beautiful young woman inside and out!
A Personal Thank You
” I have danced on and off for quite a long time. I took tap and ballet classes when I was little, moved on to lyrical, then I competed with my high school high-kick team. Dancing really became more serious for me when I moved to Sturgeon Bay. It began with ballet classes at Dancin’ on the Door in the fall of 2015. I loved it, and quickly worked my way up to the higher levels and pointe classes in the summer of 2016. It was such an amazing experience working under Miss Julia, as a student, and eventually with her, assisting in classes. I feel like I owe who I am as a dancer to Miss Julia. Julia really inspired me, pushed me to work hard, and taught me so much about dance (and life) in such a short amount of time.
If I had told my 2015 self what my 2018 self was doing, she would not believe me. This year I got to teach young dancers, choreograph an entire show, and conquer an incredible piece of repertoire from Swan Lake. I also auditioned for many colleges. I looked at Milwaukee to New York, got rejected by a few, but got accepted into just as many, and chose to attend Columbia College Chicago. So far Columbia is a perfect choice for me. I get all the opportunities of the big city while still being close enough that my family. They can come see my performances and all the cool things I will get to be a part of.
How can I say enough thank you’s to the people who have helped me get to where I am now? Thank you to my parents and family for emotionally and financially supporting my decision to dance. Thank you to Miss Julia, Miss Willa, Miss Andria, and Amanda List for being positive dance role models in my life, and Makena, for dancing beside me. To Nicole Herbst, Kristen Schulz, and Leslie Hill for giving me a chance to create, work beside you, and have professional work experience, I thank you. Thank you to all the friends that have stuck with me. To those of you who haven’t missed any of my performances, hugs and kisses. My friends that put up with me when all I want to do is tell you about class that day or the new blister on my toe from my pointe shoes, thank you for listening.”
~ Julia Gomez
I hope that I get some more Dance Photography work. This was so much fun to capture. It is always nice to get out and try new things 🙂