About Julia Kulakova

Julia Kulakova is an Internationally acclaimed Professional Dancer and Dance / Movement / Fitness Education Specialist.

Julia Kulakova, Russian-born dancer from New York, celebrates the global urban culture as a mix of intellect and nomadic Gypsy spirit. She regularly performs for NY Gypsy Fest, NY Persian Parade and NY Fashion Week. Julia is also a fitness educator and a life-long disciple of the body management for high performance systems such as Yoga, Thai massage, Pilates, martial arts and Russian elite athletics techniniques. Julia's body knowledge, graceful and refined body language and precise teaching approach are combined in her signature Silk Moves(TM) and NY Gypsy Dance(TM) workouts.

As a soloist Julia has been featured in many World Music and Folkloric events throughout the U.S.A., including the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago World Music Festivals with New York Gypsy All Stars band and at New York Gypsy Fest in concert with New Generation Gipsy Kings.

Julia presents interactive movement workshops in the US and internationally, most recently at Alvin Ailey School, Lotus Music and Dance, Limmud FSU, Academia di Flamenco di Taranto (Italy), Moscow's Open World Training Center (Russia) and UNESCO Congress on Dance Research (Spain).

Julia toured Australia with her solo show "Gypsy Fusion", a contemporary take on Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Indian and Hungarian Gypsy dance styles.

Julia has performed with Panoram Asian Dance Project, which was selected to perform at the United Nations’ World Food Day reception in 2008.

Her performance includes performing at the UN SPICE Club - Diwali Festival Celebrations - Bollywood Night Show.

Julia performs at Persian Parade in New York with her troupe every year.

Ms. Kulakova resides in Manhattan, where she teaches Dance for Fitness classes for most prestigious and selective New York cultural institutions - the 92nd St Y and Jewish Community Center, choreographs and supervises the Julia Kulakova Dance Troupe, and regularly performs as soloist.

As a soloist Julia has been featured in many World Music and Folkloric events throughout the U.S.A., including the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago World Music Festivals with New York Gypsy All Stars band and at New York Gypsy Festival in concert with New Generation Gipsy Kings.

She is proud to be part of The JCC Dancers Who Care benefit for breast and ovarian cancer awareness - Coming Home a Dance Performance Inspired by the Music of Marc Broussard!!

Julia's Education and Certifications:

  • BA Psychology and Social Work (Moscow Institute of Youth)
  • BFA Acting and Directing (Stanislavskii Method)
  • ACE (American Council on Exercise) Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
  • Yoga Therapist (Leslie Kaminoff, Breathing Project)
  • M.E.L.T.(Myofascial Energetic Lengthening Technique)Level I Practitioner (Sue Hitzmann, Longevity Fitness)
  • Stretching and Flexibility and Pre- and Post- Natal Fitness Specialist (Annette Lang's Education Systems)
  • Corrective Exercises for Powerful Change (Anthony Carey, Function First)
  • Kickboxing(Mui Thai) for Recreation
  • Serena's Teaching Technique
  • Tamalyn Dallal's Teaching Teachnique



Client Reviews

I love to dance and have taken many different types of dance classes, but new experiences always tend to feel a bit awkward. Julia immediately made me feel welcome by individually selecting for me a beautiful copper-colored silk from her collection, as she did for each class member. She then went on to explain how she designed her unique program to help build strength and fluidity in the body, as opposed to many other dance forms/programs that often tear the body down over time. Her goal is not for her students to mimic her exact moves, but instead she encourages them to find their own unique inner-dancers and indeed once the class started moving, the studio was transformed into a beautiful collage of multicolored swaths of flowing silk. I loved her varied and eclectic music choices and found her class to be liberating, challenging and fun.I left feeling lighter, more feminine and fluid in my movements, like a piece of silk floating in the wind.

- Julie Mallin
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