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By Wendy Owen
The Oregonian
April 10, 2015


Nick Jurica has been accepted into the Juilliard School  (photo by Blaine Truitt Covert) 2015If Nick Jurica hadn’t caught the ballet bug, he might be heading off to college on a soccer scholarship to become an engineer. Instead, he will be perfecting his ballet moves at Juilliard School, one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the world.

His mom, Liz Jurica, sparked the bug when she enrolled Nick and his older brother in ballroom dancing classes as youngsters, but his teachers at Beaverton’s Arts & Communication Magnet Academy honed it. All are former professional dancers.

Jurica said he transferred from the International School of Beaverton, where he was considering a career in engineering, to ACMA in eighth grade and that made all the difference.

“Jason (Davis) inspired me to truly know what it means to be a guy who dances,” he said of his ballet teacher.


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