In 2014 she was hand selected by Mario Nugara, Director of City of Angels Ballet in Los Angeles and at the time Director of California Riverside Ballet to be the Principal Ballet Instructor for California Riverside Ballet. In the summer of 2017 she was offered the position of becoming the new Artistic Director of California Riverside Ballet. She accepted. As an Instructor and Coach she has choreographed for young dancers to compete in Youth America Grand Prix.
Julia Olsen-Rodriguez is founding Artistic Director and Principal dancer of San Gorgonio Ballet. Ms. Olsen-Rodriguez received her training from many of the finest teachers, John Magnus, Charles Maple, Zelma Bustillo, Dorothy Lister, Francesca Corkle, Eli Lazar, Luis Fuentes , Stanley Holden, Clifford Breland, Maria Vegh, and Mario Nugara.
As a student, she received full merit scholarships studying with the elite Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program. She was selected by Edith D’Addario Director of the Joffrey Ballet School as recipient of The Gaynor Minden Scholarship in 1999. She was also accepted to such schools as American Ballet Theatre, The Kirov, The Bolshoi at Vail, Houston Ballet, The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and The School at Jacobs Pillow. Ms. Olsen-Rodriguez is twice recipient of First Place honors in the category of Pas de Deux and High Point Overall at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix.
Professionally, her first work was at the age of fifteen as a soloist in Cinderella. She has since performed with many companies such as Theatre Bethune, American Ballet Theatre, Inland Pacific Ballet, Redlands Festival Ballet, Palm Springs Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, and Bre Dance Theatre. She is a member of City of Angels Ballet. Ms. Olsen-Rodriguez also appears as Guest Artist with many Performing Companies and has worked with such companies as Musical Chairs, Inland Valley Classical Ballet, Palm Springs Cabelleros Gay Men’s Chorus and many others.
Noted for her superb technique, delicate grace, and elegant expression she has danced many principal roles, some of her favorites being Kitri from Don Quijote, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, Medora From Le Corsair, The Little Mermaid, The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, and Giselle.
As a choreographer, she has staged and choreographed several full length classics, original ballets and modern ballets. Her most cherished work being “Remember Charlie, A Tribute to Charlie Chaplin”, a full Length ballet premiering in 2007 with the consent and blessing of the Chaplin Family and Roy Export. She is frequently asked to be a guest choreographer for booking agents in the Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Desert Cities. She has also been nominated for Best Choreographer by the Desert Theatre League.
As an instructor, she teaches at Hoffer Elementary School, providing classical training and performing arts awareness to children of the Pass area.
Classical Ballet has been Ms. Olsen-Rodriguez’s passion her entire life. As a dancer, choreographer and Instructor she remains completely dedicated to her art , and taking part in the classical world of sharing with others and preserving the beauty and purity of Classical Dance.