Two years ago I had just finished riding in a bike league here in Norman. Wondering what my next endeavor was going to be, because exercise has always been a big priority. A good friend that lives in Boston had mentioned to me earlier in the spring this new rave called ZUMBA! She knows how much I love dance and told me that I needed to check it out. During my time of pondering I had entered into our book store, Borders. Meandering one day I happened to notice on one of their cork bill boards a flyer with a tear off tag advertising a free class of ZUMBA at a dance studio by the name; Julia's International Dance Studio. Coincidence, I don't think so...
Several days went by the tiny tag that I so carefully placed in my car as a reminder kept enticing me to call and check it out. I didn't have any reason not to. It was free; I certainly have entered into many other curriculums’ not knowing anyone else there. What harm could it do? If I didn't like it I would just walk....
For you who know me and those that don't. My name is, Susan. I have become not only a huge fan of ZUMBA but a great fan and supporter for the family of International Dance Studio. How can you not admire this young adult couple? Watching them grow has been so inspiring. They only know how to go forward to strive with optimism. They only know that beyond the stars is the limit that nothing is going to stop their dream.
Not so fast I'm not finished. There is one other part of this family that can't be over looked due to the fact that the Studio is named after her; their precious baby girl, Julia. She was about five months old when I first laid eyes on her. Never was she cranky, crying or unruly. It was as if she was a natural for dance and music. She is now two and a half and has become one of my special treats to go and visit with her and take her to the park to play or to swim. She and I have bonded and I love her so much. I thank Peter and Yulia for trusting me with her.
Little over a year ago as I was visiting over at Peter and Yulia's, they surprised me with perhaps the biggest honor of all. They asked me if I would become Yulia's god-mother for she had not been baptized therefore their child could not according to the Russian Orthodox Church. I was speechless and knew that it was a serious responsibility. I agreed and was pleased to be part of a Russian orthodox baptism for her and the baby. Although I have a daughter, Yulia has become like a daughter and a true friend.
Peter, you and your wife have hearts of gold. You have been a good friend to me and I see constantly how you help others in need. You don't ask questions you just extend your open arms and you’re always welcome in your house.
Please forgive me for taking so long in writing my version of how Julia's Studio has changed my life. You have gotten to know me well enough that my way is not always conducive to others but you get the best from me if you wait long enough. I love you guys. Thanks for coming into Norman and into my life.
With All Sincerity,
Susan G. Davis
"I am very impressed with the instructors, level of training and the versatile methods used here at the Julia’s Film and Dance Academy. Everyone is very kind, gentle and inspiring. My children love the high energy classes and as a parent, I appreciate the life values they instill and teach their students. I have seen improvements in my children in just a short time. They are more respectful and better focused at home and at school. They are learning respect as well as to do their best in everything they do. This experience is a great benefit for both my children personally, and physically it is addictive! Thank you for all your help and guidance."
"As Latin American living in Oklahoma, Julia's has brought into my life a slice of the culture and lifestyle of my native Colombia. Knowing that I will be able to dance to Caribbean rhythms three times a week has made my life in Oklahoma so much happier. I am Julia's very first Zumba student. In 2008 I responded to a Facebook invitation to join Yaisa Mann at a Zumba class at Julia's. At the time I had no idea what Zumba was. Now, looking back, I realize that responding to that Facebook invitation was one of the best decisions of the decade. "
" My husband and I have noticed such a change in our daughter since she has started taking dance at Julia's Academy. Our daughter enjoys classes and loves to show us the new skills she is learning in ballet. She is very proud of herself, and we are proud of her too."