Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2018
Julia Rust was hired just a month after turning 17 and is excited for her third season with the Joffrey. Born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana, she trained with Alyona Yakovleva-Randall and the faculty of Indiana Ballet Conservatory. She furthered her training during summers at many esteemed international schools and then at The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) on scholarship. A graduate of TWSB, she worked extensively with Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev, and was chosen by Julie Kent to dance in The Washington Ballet’s productions of Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and The Nutcracker at The Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. She also continues to be mentored by Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky.
Rust was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious USA International Ballet Competition. The USA IBC is known as the “Olympics of Ballet”, and the late Robert Joffrey was instrumental in its founding. Prior to this, she was awarded the Grand Prix Award at the Youth America Grand Prix Semifinal and went on to place in the Top 12 at the World Finals in NYC. She is also the recipient of the Fernando Bujones Memorial Award at ADC|IBC. She has danced in "The Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow" Gala in Salt Lake City, The International Ballet Festival of Miami, and the Awards Gala and Encore Gala at USA IBC.
During her debut season with the Joffrey, she had the honor to dance in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina, Andrea Walker’s World Premiere of HOME, and Alexander Ekman’s Tulle. She was also chosen to dance in Joffrey’s tours to New York City in Balanchine: The City Center Years, Minnesota, and California.
She shares her passion for ballet with her twin sister and best friend, Morgan Rust, who currently dances with The Washington Ballet.