Local teen Ballerina dances on international stage

News Channel 5 WPTV – Kristina Bentz recently returned from a two-week trip to Russia. She was chosen for the rare opportunity to briefly study and perform at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She performed an award winning pas-de-deux to earn the spot to the Bolshoi. Four U.S. dancers were chosen. Kristina and two male dancers made the trip…read more

Readers’ Donations Help Teen Attend Ballet Academy

L.A. Times – After a story about 14-year-old Matthew Leonardi ran in The Times, he began receiving letters and donations from all around the country. He left Saturday for the Bolshoi school in Russia…read more

Bolshoi Ballet Academy gives young dancer the chance of a lifetime

L.A. Times – It’s a long way from San Bernardino to Moscow, but Matthew Leonardi, 14, is making the leap. In his tough San Bernardino neighborhood, Matthew Leonardi doesn’t talk much of his graceful pirouettes or evenings spent dancing with girls in pink tutus…read more

Five Weeks of Ballet Lessons, the Bolshoi Way

N.Y. Times – Passers-by outside the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center on a blustery morning in late March may have noticed a stream of women ushering girls into this unfinished building on West 60th Street. Keen observers might have noticed that the women came in two distinct sartorial categories: one marked by black leather, heels, fur, dyed blond hair and makeup, the other by carelessly thrown-on tops, loose jeans, flats and very little makeup…read more