Yulia Bylenok, is an independent contemporary dance artist and curator. She has assisted with coordinating international contemporary art festivals in St. Petersburg, including 'Art Prospect' public art festival and 'The Body Word' dance festival. She has been a contact improvisation and composition teacher and previously worked at the Iguan and Lesnoy dom dance theatres in different capacities. She has completed a somatics education module with the Moving On Center and a Masters level course in Theory and Workshop in Contemporary Dance Forms. Yulia was previously awarded a CEC Artslink fellowship in festival management and a SLEIPNIR travel grant for the arts from the Nordic Council of Ministers. She graduated from Vaganova State Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg with a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies with a specialization in the history and theory of choreography. Prior to that, she obtained a Spetsialist Degree in Social and Cultural Management from the St. Petersburg University of Culture and Arts.