Julie started ballroom dancing at the tender age of 10 years with The Ann Andrews School of Dance in Clifton. Aged 14 the call of the stage was already there and she decided to concentrate on ballet and tap dancing lessons to enable a stage career.
Julie left school at the age of 16 and travelled to Bath to perform in the chorus line of Little Red Riding Hood with Billy Burden. This was followed by a summer season in Filey with The Dorothy Watts Dancers and another spell in pantomime in Bath, this time Puss in Boots with Cardew Robinson.
Passport in hand Julie joined The Leon Greig Ballet to tour abroad. The dance group took her to Italy, Portugal, Malta, Nigeria, Switzerland and Germany and away from home for long spells.
When Julie was 21 she retired from touring to get married . Julie decided the time had come to continue with her Ballroom and Latin teaching career and as well as raising her family qualified as a teacher in 1988.
The Julie Lockton School of Dance started at Edwalton as an Adult Education class, swiftly followed by a childrens’ school. The school currently has approximately 130 adults and 80 children dancing on a regular basis.
Julie has recently taken a position as the NATD secretary for the Midlands area and rebranded the school as the Lockton Dance School.