Julie Niekrasz trained at the School of Ballet Chicago, as well as at Milwaukee Ballet/Milwaukee Ballet II and summer programs at the School of American Ballet. She joined Ballet Memphis as a Company dancer in 2004 and enjoyed many roles including Hermia in Mark Godden's Midsummer Night's Dream; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Wendy in Peter Pan and the title role in Cinderella, all by Steven McMahon; and in Trey McIntyre's Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry and In Dreams before retiring from the stage in 2018. Julie has become an important dance maker for Ballet Memphis, choreographing several works including Sa Voix, Reminisce and Corps de Fortitude. In the 2018-2019 season, Julie created Say No More, a work inspired by the themes of Giselle but updated to reflect more modern issues of love, betrayal and forgiveness. Though a short work, Say No More resonated deeply with the audience and featured dancers alike with its stunning choreography and stirring music. Following her retirement from the stage, Julie continues her career with Ballet Memphis as a rehearsal assistant working closely with company dancers to stage work and support the company’s artistic vision. She also serves the Ballet Memphis community as a certified Dance for Parkinson’s instructor as well as a STOTT PILATES® instructor.