Julia trained at The Australian Ballet School, followed by three years dancing with The Australian Ballet. Turning to choreography, Julia created Super Man for The Australian Ballet, which was acclaimed as an innovative new work. Julia performed with Marilyn Woods Celebrations Group during the 1976 Adelaide Festival and then with the Australian Dance Theatre under Jonathan Taylor. Julia continued to choreograph for The Australian Ballet and for ADT. In 1983 Julia founded the group Etcetera - a visual theatre company consisting of performers from various backgrounds including dance, music, illusion, puppetry, comedy, etc. The aim of the Company is to encourage an exchange and sharing of skills within the group and to provide something unusual but accessible to an audience. Etcetera's work has included theatre seasons For Example, Etcetera Incorporated, and In Which Case, overseas tours to Canadian Festivals, Singapore and Edinburgh Festivals, London and Indonesia and festivals throughout Australia. Etcetera has also appeared on television, at the World Expo 1988 and in Monte Carlo for the Sydney 2000 Olympic bid. During this time, Julia performed, directed and choreographed for the company. She has also worked with the Theatre of the Deaf, Death Defying Theatre and choreographed for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.
In 1993 Julia was appointed Artistic Director of Theatre of the Deaf and devised and directed Savant and Same Difference. More recently she directed The Language of One for the Australian Theatre of the Deaf and undertook the movement direction on Exotic Pleasures for Theatre of Image. Julia has worked as Movement Teacher at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts NIDA, for five years, and worked closely with well known dance and movement teacher, Keith Bain. She choreographed By Chance for Tasdance's 1997 and 1999 seasons of Passion Fruit.