Summer Programs

Meet Our 2019 Summer Guest Mentors

Additional mentors to be announced soon!

Julianne Spratlin, Retired Solist at San Francisco Ballet and Director/Owner of The Dance Training Center/San Francisco

Julianne Spratlin received her training at the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Tom Pazik and Robert Barnett. She continued her studies at both the School of American Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms. Spratlin danced with the Atlanta Ballet for eight years under the direction of John McFall. She performed principal roles in works by Balanchine, as well as the lead roles in many story ballets. She also worked with many contemporary choreographers and created roles in ballets by John McFall, Michael Pink, Lila York, David Parsons, Donald Byrd, and Stanton Welch.

In 2002, Ms. Spratlin joined the Joffrey Ballet. During her time there she danced a wide range of principal roles in the Joffrey repertoire to critical acclaim, including works by Ashton, Cranko, Balanchine, Kylian, Tharp, Joffrey and Arpino. In 2004, she was chosen as Chicagoan of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. In 2007, Ms. Spratlin joined the San Francisco Ballet, where she danced principal and soloist roles in ballets by Robbins, Taylor, and Balanchine and worked to create ballets with choreographers Caniparoli, Welch, Kudelka, Wheeldon, and Adam. In the spring of 2010, she was honored to be a guest artist with the Estonian National Ballet, performing with SFB principal Tiit Helimets. Ms. Spratlin joined the Milwaukee Ballet in 2010 as a principal dancer. Ms. Spratlin also had the great honor of being named one of 2011's "25 To Watch" by Dance Magazine and fellow artist Tiit Helimets.

Ms. Spratlin began her teaching career at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, teaching and coaching Pre­-professional Division students, many of whom went on to join Atlanta Ballet and other professional companies. During her time in Chicago, she taught at the Lou Conte Dance Studio of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In San Francisco, Ms. Spratlin taught at The Ballet Studio since 2010 and became TBS sssociate artistic director.

Sensing the need for a new kind of ballet school in San Francisco, Ms. Spratlin established the Dance Training Center/San Francisco in January of 2014. A school with the highest quality of training, smaller classes, and a less competitive environment than some larger schools, DTC/SF strives to give individual attention to students in a healthy, positive atmosphere. DTC/SF is also a place where professional dancers and students from other ballet schools come to tune­up and work on their technique when recovering from injury. Ms. Spratlin regularly teaches company class for Smuin Ballet and has taught for Amy Seiwert's Imagery. She was also thrilled to return to the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education in 2016 as a faculty member for both the Advanced and Professional Summer Intensives.