"My love for ballet began when I was a young student at Classical Ballet Academy. It was there that I realized I wanted to be a professional ballet dancer. Through the years, Julie guided me on the path to achieve my goals and never stopped encouraging and pushing me to reach for my full potential. I would not be the dancer I am today without the help and love I received from Julie."
-Talya Krumholz, Carolina Ballet Company
Professional Division of Pacific Northwest Ballet Company
"Classical Ballet Academy provided me with the tools that I need to succeed as a dance performance student at Oklahoma City University. Not only did I gain knowledge of basic skills, but those skills were taught in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere by teachers that I respected. I also learned more than technique. I learned how to perform, and ultimately, how to love the dance."
- Allison Swenson, Oklahoma City University, Dance graduate, Magna Cum Laude
Musical Theater performer, New York City
"Classical Ballet Academy is a wonderful learning environment. In my 15 years dancing with the studio I have grown tremendously as a dancer and as a person with the help and encouragement of all the instructors. Julie fully understands how to teach all of her students in a positive and constructive manner; she makes dancing fun!"
- Amelia Reiser, Dance Major, University of Georgia
Lang Dance Company, Atlanta
"I have seven children, ages. My oldest daughter was one of Julie's first students. I have not switched studios in 27 years. This is due to Julie's professionalism, her expert knowledge of classical ballet, the discernment she utilizes in hiring instructors, her attention to detail, the care and concern she shows to all the students she teaches, and a friendship that continues to grow stronger with every passing year."
-Kathryn Selmon, mother of Shannon, Megan, Lauren, Christiana and Gabrielle
"My son has grown so much in the short time he has been under the instruction of Julie and Classical Ballet Academy. It has given him a new confidence and discipline since he started his training to become a dancer there. This has transferred over to his grades in school. I am proud to have him at CBA. It continues to be a wonderful experience for him!
-Dr. Roy Donavan, Father of Aedan
"Classical Ballet Academy is a wonderful and nurturing environment with very warm and friendly instructors. My daughters have been taking class there for over 10 years in everything from hip hop to jazz to pointe and have loved everything! It has been delightful to watch them grow into strong and confident young women through the training and encouragement they have received from Julie and her excellent instructors."
-Cecy Brown, Aleze and Talya Krumholz's mom
"Students from the Classical Ballet Academy have participated in youth programs and performances in the School of Dance. We are happy to welcome them because of their training, discipline and delight in the art of dance. We congratulate Julie Blacksten and the Classical Ballet Academy faculty on their continuous tradition of dance training in central Oklahoma"
-Mary Margaret Holt, Regents' Professor, Nichols' Chair and Director
University of Oklahoma School of Dance
"Julie, thank you for making me into the dancer that I am today! "
Love, Lauren Casteel, Finalist for Miss Oklahoma 2006
"Classical Ballet Academy-Thank you for everything! I love you all!!"
-Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006