YULIA ZHMUTSKI – BALLET AT A WHOLE NEW LEVEL
Russian Ballerina brings the “Royal Ballet” to Oklahoma
I was little and I asked my mother to buy
me a “curly
skirt” (a tutu), I never dreamed that
would someday lead me to America.”
ballerina from the Former Soviet Union – her life, her 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 8 years in an elite ballet school, studying 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-ending
dream in her heart – to make a difference in the world through dance. Today, this widely acclaimed and celebrated Russian
ballerina teaches the “Royal Ballet” in Oklahoma.
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.
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 Dancer, 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
12 years later, Yulia has her own daughter, five-month-old Julia. She and her husband, Peter Zhmutski, an OU alumnus, came
to Norman, Oklahoma to raise
a family. Yulia teaches Russian Ballet at Julia’s Academy
of International Dance (www.juliadanceacademy.com) at 315 W. Main St, Norman.
She loves children and she lives her dream – making a difference in the world through dance.
lives inside, in the heart. If you don’t feel it with your soul, then it’s unlikely that you’ll attain anything
other than flat, repetitive, movements. Dance is after all, first and foremost, an expression of emotion and spirit.”