Remember this gorgeous waltz that Jonathan & Anna danced in tribute to their cancer-stricken friend, Julia, back in season 14?
Sadly, Anna reported on her Twitter today that Julia passed away this morning, after a long & courageous battle with lung cancer. She remembered her friend poignantly:
Julia’s passing touched me rather personally, as I had the pleasure of watching Julia and her husband, Igor, dance at one of the first ballroom competitions I attended, almost ten years ago. I was struck by how powerful they were on the floor, and their showdances were always the most creative and engaging. I feel blessed to have been present to witness the debut of one of the greatest showdances in ballroom history – when Igor & Julia proved that you can dance ballroom to any music…even Nirvana!
And a few years later, they again proved that rock & ballroom can mix perfectly, when they did this beautiful, vulnerable foxtrot to quite possibly my favorite song of all-time:
We here at Pure send our heartfelt condolences out to Julia’s friends and family during this sad time. Rest in peace, Julia.