Adjunct Professor of Dance
Julia Crawford is a dance educator and restorative movement artist based in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her MA in Urban Studies: Community Arts from Eastern University and received an Outstanding Thesis award. She graduated cum laude from Temple University with a BFA in dance where she received the BFA Outstanding Dance Performance award. She is a teaching artist and trainer for BuildaBridge International, working with refugee children, women, and families in Philadelphia, as well as children in other under-served communities in Philadelphia using the dance and the arts to nurture hope, healing, and resilience. She has also had the opportunity to work with survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangkok, Thailand and to assess children’s aesthetic needs in an orphanage in Kitale, Kenya. She directed the dance program at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding high school, for six years and continues to teach and direct their performance ensemble. She has also worked as a teaching artist in an arts integrated early childhood program specifically using dance to nurture holistic development and has worked with older adults specifically using dance to nurture community and a sense of belonging.