Moving one’s body to the rhythm of music is a natural human instinct, just like running toward the sound of lightning. Move with today’s Groupon to Julia’s Dance Academy in Norman. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a punch card for 5 Zumba classes (a $75 value).
- For $30, you get a punch card for 10 Zumba classes (a $150 value).
- For $20, you get a punch card for 5 Cardio Shimmy classes (a $75 value).
- For $30, you get a punch card for 10 Cardio Shimmy classes (a $150 value).
The expert instructors at Julia’s Dance Academy guide students through hip-swiveling routines during upbeat Zumba and Cardio Shimmy classes. The calorie-blazing Zumba workout blends Latin, belly-dance, and hip-hop steps into a fat-burning shake led by teachers who were once students themselves. Group classes encourage a strong feeling of community among participants, with shared goals of building healthier bodies, happier minds, and an altar to Zumba in the town square. Alternately, students can opt for Cardio Shimmy classes, which utilize bumping moves and tunes to get blood pumping to the beat of a healthier heart.
Dancers twist and turn atop a hardwood floor inside the spacious studio, where images of dancing legends gaze down upon exercisers. Zumba classes run every day of the week at 6 p.m. and at 9 a.m. Tuesday–Thursday. Call Julia’s Dance Academy for a schedule of Cardio Shimmy classes.
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.