Diane Newman Alumni Award - Happendance

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2018 Diane Newman Award for Distinguished Alumni Honoree Julianne VanWagenen

Julianne VanWagenen started dancing at Happendance [then I think it was the Newman Dance School/Foundation, right?] in 1987, at the age of 3. She graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors of Arts in English and Italian in 2006 and then spent 5 years in Rome, Italy, where she attended university and taught language. In 2011, Julianne began a doctoral program in Italian Studies as Harvard University, graduating in May, 2017, and she now lives and teaches in Los Angeles, California, as a lecturer in Italian at the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. Julianne has lived in Chicago; Rome, Italy; Santiago, Chile; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Los Angeles, California; and no matter where she goes, she dances. She has found that the training she received at Happendance has prepared her to dance with any school, no matter the caliber, even with the likes of Joffrey dancers at Ruth Page in Chicago, or for Tai Jimenez and Yury Yanowsky of the Boston Ballet.

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