Julia Hartsell is a dancer, catalyst for soulful, earth-honoring community, a pioneer in the modern Hoop Dance movement, founder of Hoop Convergence and owns The Flowjo, a movement sanctuary for dance, somatic & circus arts in Carrboro, NC. Julia is a dance facilitator, ritualist and practitioner of ancestral lineage healing.
With a long history in the South, her people are from the British Isles, Germany, and Cherokee Nation and she brings to movement arts and ancestral healing ritual a deep to commitment to social justice. Julia weaves an animist worldview, passion for ecstatic embodied expression, and reverence for threshold experiences with a celebration of the Earth and sacred feminine for the intent of individual and collective healing.
Julia’s heart-centered way of guiding, dancing and facilitating infuses the spaces she holds with a palpable vibration of love and profound potential for joy, connection, transformation, healing and community building. Julia practices a variety of movement, sound & prayer technologies to access wider states of consciousness, healing and cultivating relationship with the unseen. She has been dancing her prayers for decades and more recently has focused her work on earth & elemental ritual, ancestral lineage healing and threshold work.
I am a dancer.
For as long as I can remember, I have sought solace in music and movement,
Found a home in the sanctuary of my dance.
I’ve danced in private, on stages, on crowded floors and fields ~
with hoops, fire & the fabric of my skirt flying in ecstasy.
I’ve danced in the cleansing rain, in oppressive heat,
bare foot on the earth, amidst the breezes.
I’ve danced for myself and on behalf of others
in celebration, in bliss, in pain, in regret, in grief, in gratitude, in prayer.
I’ve danced for my ancestors who weren’t allowed to dance
and for those unable to mourn.
I’ve danced my edges, and just beyond them, helping me to understand my boundaries.
I’ve danced in dirty clubs and temples~
sober, intoxicated by spirits, guided by plant medicines.
I’ve danced with technical structure, choreographed phrases and in complete abandon.
I’ve danced to pulsing beats, lyrical melodies and pure silence.
I’ve danced to let go, to receive and for guidance.
I’ve danced forgiveness, sadness and compassion.
I’ve cursed creator in rage for the human condition,
then fallen to my knees in gratitude for the preciousness of life.
I’ve nourished the floor with my tears
I’ve watered the floor with my sweat
I’ve caressed the floor with my adoration.
I’ve been connected, healed, revealed & brought home.
I am a dancer.