Julia Zharova was born in Moscow, Russia and has been studying, performing, and teaching classical ballet since the age of 11.
Ms. Zharova is a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Ballet School and the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS). She has had an accomplished career with the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet Theater, performing key parts in the entire classical repertoire of the theater. Her global tours included performances at the Royal Opera House in London, American Ballet Theater in New York, Colorado Ballet in Denver, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and other prominent venues in North America and Western Europe.
Julia started her ballet career at 11, when she was accepted to the Moscow Ballet School, "Fouette". Two years later, she transferred to the Moscow Academy of Ballet (by A. Borzov) and began performing with the Kremlin Ballet, appearing in "Cinderella", "Don Quixote", and “Swan Lake" among others.
In 2000, Julia joined the Ballet Academy in Voronezh, Russia, graduating from the Academy in 2001 with the Degree of Ballet Artist with Honors.
Upon graduation, Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet Theater invited Julia to join the company. She gave various performances in Moscow with Stanislavsky Theater from 2001 to 2005. Her classical repertoire from this time period included "Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Don Quixote", "Paquita", "The Nutcracker", "Chopiniana", "La Esmeralda", "Corsair", "Swan Lake". Julia has toured around the world and performed at the most famous theater stages in North America and Western Europe.
Contemporaneously with her career at the Stanislavsky ballet, Julia has been admitted to the Russian Academy of Theater Art, GITIS. In 2007, Julia graduated with Honors and received the Masters Degree in Choreography and Theater Arts. Her teachers at the academy included world-famous Russian dancers, such as Nina Semizorova , Vladimir Valukin ,Lia Talankina. Julia considers herself fortunate to have studied with the true guardians of the Russian ballet tradition.
After moving to San Francisco and giving birth to her daughter, Ms. Zharova decided to dedicate her life to teaching ballet and inspiring children through the art of the dance. Her first stop was the Presidio Dance Theater, where she has pursued teaching and dancing, giving multiple performances at the War Memorial and Palace of Fine Arts.
In 2010 she founded the 1st Russian Ballet School at the Russian Center of San Francisco, where kids of all ages and adults can learn the celebrated Russian style of ballet dancing. Julia is proud of all her students and follows them diligently through their dance careers.