JUNE OMURA was born in New York and then moved to Birmingham, AL, where she grew up studying ballet, modern, character, and mime. She returned to the city to attend Barnard College, from which she is a cum laude graduate in Dance and English, and first encountered Mark Morris’s choreography as a student arts writer for the campus newspaper when she was sent to review the company’s 1984 BAM Next Wave season. In 1986 she attended a workshop the company was hosting in Seattle, which led to her first appearance with the Mark Morris Dance Group as a student in Forty Arms, Twenty Necks, One Wreathing. She joined the company in 1988 for the move to Brussels, Belgium and the creation of masterworks like L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Dido and Aeneas; and The Hard Nut (in which she performed through 2018). Later highlights of her long and fortunate career spent dancing for Morris included working with Yo-Yo Ma in the film Falling Down Stairs, set to Bach’s Third Cello Suite, and being honored with a 2005 New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award that was bestowed between the births of her twin daughters, in 2003, and her son, in 2006. With her husband, William Murray, the family lives in New Paltz, NY, where she earned an MA in 2012 to teach high school English and has also taught ballet at Vassar College and freshman English composition as an adjunct lecturer at SUNY-New Paltz. In January 2022, she assumed a new role as the full-time dance instructor at Monticello High School in Monticello, NY.