Manhattan’s Choreographer: Iuliia Gazizova’s Passionate Journey

Iuliia Gazizova
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With a childhood love for dance sparking an undying flame, Iuliia Gazizova took her leap of faith in trading the quiet town of Yarovoye for the stages of New York. Born with a natural affinity for classical ballet, she danced her way into the hearts of many in the Children School of Art performances and the state dance group, “Yaroshki,” often taking on the lead roles with an aura of grace and dedication.

Her early passion for dance laid the groundwork for an educational path, leading Iuliia to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Folk Art Culture from the prestigious St Petersburg State University of Culture in Russia in 2016. A testament to her zeal, her wealth of knowledge and expertise in dance and choreography does not only resonate on Russian soil but extends to shaping the cultural landscape of the United States, promoting exchange, and enriching the American society as a whole.

Indeed, Gazizova’s journey has not been one devoid of grit. In January 2021, she arrived in New York, a city still wrestling with the remnants of the global pandemic. It was here that she, along with her husband, seized the opportunity to take classes with Broadway’s finest choreographers, immersing themselves in the city’s vibrant dance scene. Inspired by the local color and charisma, they decided to make New York their new home.

Their captivating performances in various venues eventually caught attention, leading them to the opportunity to create a full show for a speakeasy club in Brooklyn. They conceived a modern cabaret-style show, weaving together dances, vocals, and elements of immersive theater. Throughout this time, they continued to choreograph for different groups, even participating in a dance festival with their original choreography showcasing their distinct style.

New York’s bustling world of dance taught Gazizova an important lesson about the true essence of choreography. Unlike the conservative approach back in her home country, New York taught her the freedom and power to explore any theme or topic, giving her ideas a chance to resonate with the audience genuinely.

In her two years in New York, Iuliia Gazizova’s journey from a small-town dancer to a co-choreographer for a Las Vegas show stands as a testament to her talent and determination. Amidst the concerts she participated in, like the Barynya Ensemble as a folk-dance artist where she supported the culture and traditional characteristics of the local people, she also collaborated with Andrew Ivan at Marat World Entertainment. Together, they conceived a show for a project in Las Vegas, solidifying Iuliia’s standing in the dance industry.

Gazizova’s journey, a beautiful blend of passion for dance and dedication to craft, reflected in the performances she participated. A look at her work, such as the Runway 7 Fall’s Glammo Production captured beautifully on Getty Images, is bound to leave spectators in awe. Her contribution to promoting cultural exchange through dance, instilling traditional values in performances, and enhancing the prosperity and wellbeing of American society is indisputable.

Iuliia Gazizova’s journey serves as a reminder that following one’s passion can lead to extraordinary destinations. It is a tale of a humble dancer becoming a beacon of cultural exchange, enriching any stage she steps onto, from Yarovoye to New York.

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