As most participants, also Julie has some favourite memories of the competition and she looks back on it with a smile: "My favourite memory from the competition is having fun with the other dancers. One of the days after rehearsals we put on some fun music in the studio and just fooled around. I have a video of it and it still makes me laugh every time I look at it. The more I think about it, the more memories comes to my mind, and I truly had a great time!"
There was more than just fun at Eurovision Young Dancers though, since Julie has been working as a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher since the summer of 2013. The competition made her “more noticeable”, as she said to YoungDancers.tv: "It looks very good on your CV as a newly graduate and it helped me believing in myself as a choreographer."
Julie also learned a lot from the competition, "I also learned how nice it can be to work with a group of dancers. My class back in school was pretty competitive and I remember feeling the opposite in Young Dancers, the other dancers were very supportive."
YoungDancers.tv also asked Julie what advice she would give someone who is thinking of entering the contest, and she answered: "If you are thinking of entering, spend a lot of time on working on what you are trying to express through your solo. Though technique is necessary, the way to shine in this competition is to be able to give something personal to the judges and the audience. The two finalists in Eurovision Young Dancers had amazing stage presence, and they truly captivated all of us. They are such beautiful people and it shone through."
Thank you to Julie Schartum for taking the time to speak to YoungDancers.tv. You can follow her on Instagram.