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Julia's Dance Academy History

Julia's Dance Academy is a family-friendly dance studio in Norman, Oklahoma that was founded in 2009 by Peter and Yulia Zhmutski.


  • Julia's won the "Studio of the Year" award by the Destined 2 Dance Competition in 2009.
  • Julia's was voted the "Best Technical Ballet Instructor" by the Destined 2 Dance Competition in 2009.
  • Julia's was voted the "Best Foreign and Cultural Dance" studio by the Destined 2 Dance Competition in 2009.
  • In 2010 Julia's partnered with Sooner Dance Company of the University of Oklahoma.
  • In 2015 & 2016 Julia's worked with the Moscow Ballet and her students performed in the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker.

Hall of Fame Dance Challenge:
3 1st Place Golds
1 High Gold
1 Judges Choice

1 High Gold

OK-LA Showcase:
1 Platinum

Hall of Fame Dance Challenge:
4 1st Place High Golds
1 Judges Choice

4 Gold
2 Platinum



Today, Julia's Dance Academy keeps growing, changing people's lives and inspiring artists across the world.


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About Yulia

  Yulia Zhmutski, Prima Ballerina, Founder & Ballet Instructor

Yulia Zhmutski, Prima Ballerina, Founder & Ballet Instructor

In 2009 Yulia Zhmutski was recognized in countless American magazines and newspapers. She won two top dance awards from "Destined-2-Dance" in the Fall of 2009 - The Most Technical Ballet Instructor and The Best Foreign and Cultural Dance. She has been featured on several magazine covers and performed at numerous major art, film, and dance festivals and venues. The U.S.-Russia Civil Society Institute has recognized Ms. Zhmutski as the Most Promising Modern Ballet Artist of 2009. In January of 2010, Ms. Zhmutski was elected to lead the organization of American Ballet Society as its president. Also in 2010 Yulia received Artist of the Year Award from the "Russian American Business Magazine."

About Peter

Peter Zhmutski was born in the former Soviet Union. He studied & mastered the crafts of music, sports, languages, acting, film, television, & professional writing. Zhmutski came to USA  in '98 having completed an 8-year music degree & holding a diploma from the Linguistic Gymnasia. After receiving his BA in Communication from PSU, Zhmutski opened 'PZ Production" a film production company in '02. He directed & produced over a dozen award winning film projects & acted in more than 20 films. Zhmutski moved to Oklahoma in '03. He received his Master of Professional Writing diploma from OU where he also taught film & video courses. Aside from the film business, Zhmutski produced 15 original individual music CDs & scored 16 films. He was invited to develop projects for different production companies across the US. From '07-'09 he developed projects for Hollywood companies in CA. He returned to Oklahoma with his wife Yulia Zhmutski & their daughter Julia to open Julia's Academy of Dance!


As a dancer at JuliA's, Your child: 

1. Will practice the fundamentals correctly, avoiding unnecessary injuries and traumas (SAFETY)

2. Will learn correct terminology for all of the movements and techniques, providing competence in scholastic advancement (KNOWLEDGE) 

3. Will acquire the true essence of being a dancer, including the ethics and aesthetics (BEAUTY) 

4. Will become a highly disciplined artist – a proven factor to improve performance in school and better behavior at home (CONSISTENCY)

5. Showcase their talent and skills mastered at Julia’s and be a part of professional performing arts productions (PURPOSE) 

6. Can advance to certification level awarded by industry recognized dance professionals. This certification provides your child entrance into advanced levels of training or performing (CREDIBILITY)


Julia's has a list of policies that we ask that all of our students and parents follow to make things here at Julia's run more smoothly!  Click below to read more about our policies.

To read some of the wonderful things that our parents, students and teachers have to say about us, click below to read our testimonials!