Trendsetter to Know: Julia Gorchekova

Name: Julia Gorchekova

Title: Ballroom and Latin dancing costumer

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City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes…

a good morning walk with my husband and our golden doodles, working out at the gym and then off to the office where I am creating amazing costumes for my clients. 

I was born…

and raised in St Petersburg, Russia, but it was called Leningrad when I was born.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the beautiful weather, blue skies and nature all around us.

I’m currently listening to… 

“La Vaca” from Malafe. It’s an exciting Merengue!

My family… 

includes my Mom, my husband Bob and our two golden doodles Ricky & Rocky.

If I could have dinner with anyone it would be… 

my husband Bob.

One thing I can’t live without… 

my golden doodles! 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… 

a dancer.

The one person that motivates me…

my husband Bob Powers.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… 

no animal cruelty and that cruelty to animals would be punished the same way humans are punished for hurting another human.

The perfect day would be

going for a walk with my husband and our doodles, watch Game of Thrones, and a nice dinner with red wine.

My first job was

dance teacher. I was a teenager and some people asked me to teach their toddlers how to ballroom dance. It was a catastrophe! The little ones didn’t have the attention span to listen to what I was saying and kept running around all over the place. I learned a major lesson in patience with those children!

I’m currently working on… 

several dresses for my clients. One is from L.A., another one from Texas, one local to Arizona and one from Michigan. There’s never a dull moment in the shop. I currently have 15 people working for me and each one is working on a different costume design and dress every week. It a mad house but it keeps me on my toes! 

Always… 

thinking about my next costume design.

Never… 

eat ice cream. I convinced myself I don’t like it.

Favorite Quote… 

“A Lannister always pays his debts!” – Game of Thrones

Biggest dream…

to live in a world where people accept each others differences in the name of love.

My Pet Peeve… 

Pinot Grigio that is not from Italy or New Zealand.



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