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Local Dance Instructor Has Remarkable Year

August 03, 2006

In June 2005 when Julie Kay Stallcup (known to her over 500 dance students as Mrs. Julie Kay) was planning her next season of instruction, she never dreamed that she, her newlywed husband Darrell, and her dance family (her students and fellow teachers) would have accomplished so much in so little time.

Along with her usual hectic schedule of teaching 20-plus hours per week, Julie Kay attended a prestigious dance teacher conference and shepherded several of her most experienced students through dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York, choreographed and rehearsed over 20 routines for her dance team, JK's Dance Company's first competition in November (two of her students won first overall honors in their divisions), choreographed and rehearsed Crescenta Valley High School's fall production of "Grease" and auditioned students for the school's spring musical "Crazy For You," all while pregnant with her first child. Her students (and their parents) marveled as she didn't miss a beat with her signature fast and furious tap shoes and always upbeat attitude, making sure each of her students felt special.

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In mid-January, her son Jett Lee was born, much to the joy and wonder of Julie, Darrell and her dance family. Some thought she might slow down or quit teaching. Instead, Julie Kay took about two weeks to recover from Jett's birth. She couldn't wait to get back in the studio be with her other "kids" and finish her routines for the June dance recital. She also had a busy schedule of dance competitions and rehearsals for Crescenta Valley High School's musical.

Julie Kay never stopped mentoring and encouraging her students to reach for the stars and always give back to the community. In the winter and early spring, her dance students flourished. One of her students was selected to participate in American Ballet Theater's Summer Intensive program in Austin, Texas and several others won first overall honors and other special awards at Encore Performing Arts Showcase and On-Stage America regional dance competitions. Her dance team also undertook community service by collecting and distributing clothing and blanket donations to the homeless.

CV High School's musical, "Crazy For You," was a huge success with a cast of 45 enormously talented teenagers most of whom learned to tap dance and execute Broadway-like choreography over the course of a few short months.

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