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JULINE FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN

ABOUT US

THE JULINE STORY

Founded in Loving Memory

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The Juline Foundation for Children was founded in loving memory of Juline Schmitz, the founder and director of the Juline School of Dance in Modesto, California. For over 30 years, Juline devoted her life to spreading the magic of dance. She had an overwhelming impact on the lives that she touched, leaving a profound legacy in our community. Prior to her passing in March of 2002, Juline had a vision to teach dance education at our local schools with the hope of empowering children with confidence and determination through self-expression, in turn leading them to thrive academically. With the help of many of her friends and family, the non-profit Juline Foundation for Children was brought to fruition.

The Foundation currently has three programs to help bring the arts to the students of our community; Minds in Motion, our local school outreach program; Soaring Stars, the next progression for outreach students showing an aptitude for dance; and The Juline Regional Youth Ballet, our pre-professional ballet company. 


If you’re interested in bringing the Juline Foundation for Children to your school, check out our programs page or reach out to us directly.

Our Mission

We believe all children deserve the opportunity to cultivate confidence and self-expression through dance. Juline provides a safe and inclusive environment for children to do just that.

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Our Vision

Building on Juline Schmitz’s legacy, we’re working to create a community where opportunities exist for all children, regardless of culture or socio-economic circumstances, to express themselves without barriers or boundaries.

MEET OUR TEAM

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Akira Takahashi

Artistic Director

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Amy Briones

Assistant Artistic Director

MEET OUR BOARD

Debbie Bertucci

Board President

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Catherine Rhee

Vice President

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Linda West

Secretary

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Lisa Hollingshead

Executive Director

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Ann Kucera

Board Member

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Sharon Lovalvo

Board Member

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Tina Maxin

Board Member 

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Lauren Robinson

Board Member

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Jamie Vickers

Board Member

JULINE FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN

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