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Julie Nunès



Julie is from La Ciotat in France and trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille and Central School of Ballet. Upon graduation, she joined the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme where she also performed with the Company. She was then part of the corps de ballet in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, in Stockholm. She joined Northern Ballet in 2018.

Four female dancers in black dresses in a long arabesque
Woman dancer with dark hair tied in a bun looks back over her shoulder with one arm raised above her head
Little Red dances in her shiny red pointe shoes
A dancer standing on pointe in the centre of the photo

Learn more about Julie

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Marseille and grew up in La Ciotat, a city in the South of France.

At what age did you start dancing?

When I was three I asked my mum to go to dance school but the teacher said I was too young, so I had to wait a year and started dancing at the age of four.

Where did you train?

After studying for nine years at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille, I moved to London to train at Central School of Ballet. Upon graduation, I joined the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme.

Previous companies

I was previously part of the corps de ballet in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in Stockholm and toured with Ballet Central.


Central School of Ballet – Versatility and Professionalism award in 2015

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

I have really enjoyed dancing in David Nixon’s Swan Lake, especially the Little Swans pas de quatre and would love to perform roles such as Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) or Young Cathy (Wuthering Heights).

Career/training highlights

Performing alongside amazing artists and in front over 300 000 people during our run of Phantom of the Opera in Stockholm and getting a contract with Northern Ballet.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Performing on stage is definitely what I like most about being a dancer. It has also given me the opportunity to travel and to discover many new places already.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

I recently visited the Gustav Klimt immersive exhibition at the ‘Atelier des Lumières’ in Paris and thought that it was only missing some dancers in movement to be a complete artistic experience.

What is your favourite book?

I would say that La tresse from Laetitia Colombani is a book that I have really enjoyed, as it is telling the story of three women with three different destinies but all three of them striving for a better life and freedom, with such strength and perseverance.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

I usually have yoghurt with some granola, chocolate and berries but if I am craving something savoury, it would have to be sushi.

How do you like to relax?

Spending time by the sea is the ideal way for me to unwind but after a long day at work nothing beats a good film or TV series in bed.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

Teaching has always been something I was interested in from a young age, whether it be a dance teacher or a school teacher.

Photos by Brian Slater, and Emily Nuttall.