Class with the Ballerina!

Class with the Ballerina!

Today several of our dancers had the opportunity to take class from Yulia Zhmutski. 

Ballerina from the former Soviet Union: her life, struggle towards success, her coming to America is the inspiration for every little girl’s dream to come true. Born into a poor family,raised without a father, living away from home for eight years in an elite ballet school. She studied nothing but dance all day long, Yulia reached the heights of a star by earning her success with hard work,strong faith, and a never-end- ing dream in her heart– to make a difference in the world through dance. Today, this widely acclaimed and celebrat- ed Russian ballerina teaches the “Royal Ballet” in Oklaho- ma.

Yulia first became interested in dance in childhood. As a small child, she asked her mother to buy her a “curly skirt” (a tutu). After fourth grade, she left public school to study “classical ballet” at the elite National School of Dance and Choreography in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Entrance to this school is very competitive and only the most talented dancers are accepted. In an eight-year period, out of the whole country, only 250 dancers graduate as professional artists of ballet from this school. Of this number only 10 dancers are hired to dance with the National Theatre. Not only was Yulia hired to dance with the National Theatre, but she also was recognized as one of the top ballerinas in the country.

In Yulia’s eight years of study at the school, what was once merely a childhood diversion grew into a professional career. Her experiences and nationwide performances only strengthened her desire to live through dance. The hard work at the Ballet School paid off. Yulia was professionally recognized as an Artist of Ballet, Traditional Uzbek Danc- er, Traditional Slavic and Russian Folk Dancer, and Middle Eastern Dance Expert. She won numerous dance awards and performed in a leading role for the most prestigious performances and troupes in the Former Soviet Republics.

Today, seventeen years later, Yulia has her own daughter, five-year-old Julia. She and her husband, Peter Zhmutski, came to Norman, Oklahoma to raise a family. Yulia teaches Russian Ballet and Belly Dance at Julia’s Academy of Inter-national Dance. She loves children and she lives her dream – making a difference in the world through dance.

We had an amazing time and are so thankful that she took time out of her busy schedule to come and visit us at Studio J


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