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Gyrotonic History

Juliu Horvath, a Hungarian, was born and raised in Romania. As a youth Juliu participated in swimming, gymnastics and rowing as well as other sports. At age 19 he became interested in classical dance and by the time he reached his twentieth birthday he was dancing principle roles with the Romanian State Opera.

In 1970 he defected and received political asylum to the United States, after a six month stay in a refugee camp months. Juliu arrived in New York and did what ever was needed to survive, from painting houses to dancing on a car in Central Park, while auditioning and dancing in civic ballets. Juliu was hired for the New York City Opera, was a guest artist at Radio City Music Hall for some time, and then became a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet.

While with the Houston Ballet, Juliu ruptured his Achilles Tendon. The injury halted his dancing career. After the injury Juliu started indulging himself in more yoga practice, moving to St. Thomas in 1977. Here he developed “Yoga for Dancers”, an advanced level of the system now called GYROKINESIS®. The dream of a machine to help a dancer achieve a better turn or pirouette was realized with Juliu’s creation of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.