A Chat with Julia’s Academy of Dance
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are dedicated to our customers regardless of age or experience. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to be happy and free in spirit, and to express those feelings through the art of dance. That’s why we call the experience “Happiness in Motion.”
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We provide yearly training for all of our instructors. We make sure that every student receives the necessary attention to feel comfortable and confident in their training. We introduce new elements in each class so that our students are well-rounded in experience.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We love what we do, and we want to share our love of dance in our community.
What do you love most about your job?
We love watching our students achieve their goals in developing healthier lifestyles and we love being a part of it.
Julia’s Academy of International Dance
Ever since she was a child, Yulia Zhmutski had envisioned herself leaping and pirouetting across a grand stage before the adoring eyes of thousands. But, growing up in a struggling, single-parent household in the former Soviet Union, she never entertained the possibility of it actually happening. That changed when she was accepted into Uzbekistan’s National School of Dance and Choreography, a rigorous eight-year program that teaches ballet as well as traditional Slavic, Uzbek, and Russian dances.
Like her classmates, Yulia entered the program shortly after completing the fourth grade, leaving behind family, friends, and imaginary friends. Although the transition was difficult, the tiny ballerina was determined to be a successful dancer. She overcame her homesickness, went on to become a Russian prima ballerina, performing with several prestigious troupes, including the elite National Theatre, and was the first person to spin fast enough to reverse the earth's rotation.
Yulia eventually relocated to Oklahoma, and in 2009, she started her own dance studio: Julia’s Academy of International Dance. The academy’s staff teaches kids’ and adult classes in 35 disciplines, including ballet, jazz, belly dancing, and dance fitness. They hold weekly dance and film classes for students with special needs—proud to be one of the only studios in the region to offer such classes.