BBA Summer Intensive CT (Ages 9-14)

BBA Summer Intensive CT (Ages 9-14)


 BBASI CT 2019 INFORMATION COMING SOON9454196684_cdf43f0d3e_o!

BBA Summer Intensive CT 2018 Program Dates:

June 25-August 3, 2018 – 6-Week training session culminating in a final performance.

June 25-July 13, 2018 – 3-Week training session culminating in a Staged Showcase.

July 16-August 3, 2018 – 3-Week training session culminating in a Final Performance.

The Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in CT (BBASI CT) is designed to provide expert _GRS3668training for serious ballet students (ages 9-14) through unique instruction under leading teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. BBASI CT is a rigorous ballet training program conducted in Russian language, with the assistance of English-speaking translators, that offers pre-professional ballet training through 1) class instruction, 2) showcases, and 3) other activities at locations on and off campus (please visit the “Curriculum” page for details). The Program is specifically designed to achieve individual progress in ballet training with a strong focus on the precision of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality. To enhance the training experience and to build a non-competitive, collaborative environment, BBASI CT offers participants an unmatched summer experience comprising of cultural immersion, supplemental activities, introduction to Russian language studies, and exciting off-campus trips.


BBASI CT offers both a residency and a day program option (day students will have limited kazeeva teachingparticipation in non-ballet activities). The Program is located at the prestigious Loomis Chaffee boarding school in the quaint town of Windsor, CT. The beautiful 300-acre private school campus includes dance studios, theater, athletic facilities, indoor swimming pool, cafeteria, health center, and encompasses natural fields, woods, and lake areas.  All students and staff are housed at the Loomis Chaffee dorms. BBASI CT is certified by the State of CT Office of Early Childhood as a fully licensed overnight youth camp. The Program is staffed with Program Directors, Senior staff, program assistants, life guards, nursing staff, athletic trainers, an off-site medical director, and parent chaperons who are volunteer for off-site trips. The campus itself is managed and operated by Loomis Chaffee’s year round professional staff. Please click here to learn more about the differences between BBASI CT and Bolshoi PREP.

The Program’s overall environment is non-competitive, and a strong emphasis is put on teamwork, respect, and building friendships that last a lifetime.  While RAF takes great care to support the well-being of participants throuimage (2) editedagaingh a safe and collaborative environment, our ability to do so depends on serious preparation of participants and their families for the experience. Participants applying to BBASI CT are expected be mature, focused on achieving individual progress in ballet, willing to work hard to obtain it, and know and abide by all Program rules and requirements.

Participants exhibiting exceptional talent may be recommended for year-round study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

For questions, please contact Rachel Shafran:, 212 687 6118 x 208.

The Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program is a partnership between the New York-based Russian American Foundation (“RAF”) and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy (“Academy”). BBASI is operated in the United States by RAF, based on the ballet curriculum designed by the Academy, and taught exclusively by its ballet teachers. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the RAF has no affiliation or responsibility for other programs operated or sponsored by the Academy in Russia or other parts of the world.

*Program details are subject to change


Curriculum and Sample Schedule

BBASI CT is open to females and males, ages 9-14.
Participants must have prior ballet training to be considered for the program.  Ballet classes are conducted in groups and organized by participants’ age and skill levels, _DSC7641as demonstrated during the audition process.  RAF’s audition process, and/or past enrollment of a Participant in RAF’s programs, serves only as a limited indicator of Participant’s preparedness for the Program and/or group placement. Participant’s level placement may be adjusted during the first few days at the exclusive discretion of the Program. Training is conducted through individual participation, observation, interactive participation with other participants, and manual/hands-on corrections and demonstrations by Academy’s Teachers. In partnering and at other points of the training, participants will be paired with other participants, all of whom are on a pre-professional level. The participants applying to this program should be mature, focused, and able to monitor and moderate the rigor of his/her training within the context of instruction aimed at assisting participants to achieve individual progress. At the conclusion of the Program, all participants will receive an assessment of their progress from the Academy’s Teachers.

A showcase will be held at the conclusion of the each session, giving participants the opportunity to demonstrate the repertoire acquired during BBASI CT.

While all Participants will be featured in the final performance, the extent of one’s participation in the performance may be based, in part, on merit, in-class participation throughout the program, and artistic decisions involved in the performance’s planning. The schedule of the last week of each session may change in order to accommodate rehearsals.

Intermediate Level (CT)_GRS4419

  • Classical Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Character Dance
  • Male Technique
  • Introduction to Partnering*
  • Organized Stretch**


Beginning Level (CT)

  • Classical BalletEO6A1680-L
  • Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  • Repertoire
  • Character/Historical Dance
  • Male Technique
  • Organized Stretch**


*Introduction to Partnering will be offered, by special invitation, to select participants ages 13-14 enrolled in the 6 week program.

**Organized/Independent Stretch time is conducted by Program staff and not by Academy’s teachers. The intent of this activity is to ensure that each Participant is warmed-up prior to start of the formal classes. If a participant has their own stretch routine which they would like to follow, they will be welcome to do so in a non-disruptive manner.

Groups are determined by age and ability, and placement is not guaranteed for any Participant. There is a 3 day evaluation period at the beginning of each session during which the Program may choose to adjust Participants’ levels as they deem necessary. Attendance and participation in all ballet classes is mandatory.

_GRS4359Supplemental Activities

In addition to ballet classes, BBASI CT offers supplemental activities which enhance the ballet training and build a collaborative environment. For resident students, attendance at all supplemental activities is mandatory. For non-resident students, attendance is limited (schedule permitting) for all non-ballet activities. Non-ballet supplemental activities typically include: Russian Language, Musical Theatre, Modern Dance/Jazz, Swimming, Outdoor Fun, Arts and Crafts, Bonfires, and off-site trips.  Attendance at all supplemental activities is mandatory for resident students.

There are no ballet classes on weekends. Private lessons are available for an additional cost. For BBASI CT residents only, one day of each weekend will include an off-site trip. Past trips have included travel to a nearby city, mall, and/or amusement park, weather permitting.

*Program details are subject to change


Loomis Chaffee Campus

The BBASI CT Program takes place on the open campus of Loomis Chaffee School, in the quaint town of Windsor, CT. The beautiful 300-acre private school campus includes dance studios, theater, athletic facilities, indoor swimming pool, cafeteria, health center, and encompasses natural fields, woods, and lake areas.   All students and staff are housed at the Loomis Chaffee dorms.

The school’s facilities are managed and operated by its regular staff who oversee the school year-round. The Loomis Chaffee School remains open in an administrative mode, and will operate a residential youth program and some short term camps of its own during BBASI CT. Please note that BBASI cannot ensure an allergen-free environment at the Program’s facilities.

Loomis Chaffee’s campus is a conveniently accessible from all of the following airports/train stations (Details on hotels/long-term accommodations are available here):


  • 9 miles from Loomis
  • Direct national and international flights


  • Walking distance from Loomis
  • Amtrak train service to/from many cities


  • Located approximately 104 miles from Loomis
  • Direct national and international flights


  • Located approximately 120 miles from Loomis
  • Direct national and international flights


All Participants attending the Program are expected to be mature, focused, and able to behave responsibly at all times. To ensure the welfare of all participants, EF63B4DD-DBD8-4495-8D3E-C39126D7A7EB (1)BBASI Program staff, including the Program Directors, Senior Staff, Program Assistants, life guards, nursing staff, and athletic trainers work on site. Program Directors, Senior Staff, Program Assistants and Teachers reside on campus. Volunteer parent chaperons are additionally used for off-site trips. In accordance with the CT Department of Early Childhood, the Program is overseen by an off-site licensed medical director.

Participants ages 12-14 are allowed to navigate the campus, in groups of three, with the express written permission of their parent/guardian. All younger participants are required to remain with their group and assigned Program Assistants at all times.

For the safety and well-being of all participants, BBASI CT has a no visitor policy (excepting the officially designated Visiting Day), and participants are not permitted to leave campus for any reason.

Housing at Loomis

The dormitories are situated in Loomis’s scenic quad. Dorms have common single/double/triple/quad bedrooms, shared bathrooms, common area, as well as easy access to laundry facilities. A limited number of air-conditioned rooms available (additional fees apply and first-choice will be given to 6 week residents). The rooms are typically furnished with a dresser and wardrobe for each resident, and a shared desk. The Program staff resides in the dorms with Participants. Program’s supplemental activities take place on campus, with the exception of off-site weekend trips. Showcases will take place on campus.

BBASI CT is a co-ed Program. Male and female participants are housed on separate floors within same dorms. Common areas are designated for group activities for all.

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*Program details are subject to change


BBASI 2019 Audition Information Coming Soon

BBASI auditions are a great opportunity for dancers and families to meet Program staff *, learn about the different programs, and ask questions.  The auditions are similar to the BBASI Program in that they tend to be challenging, but are non-competitive in their environment.  Dancers should treat the audition as a class and try their individual best.  BBASI staff respects that dancers come from different training backgrounds, are on different levels, and are of varying ages.  Each dancer is evaluated within the context of his/her individual abilities, and with the goal of ensuring that they can obtain progress through the program.  Successful BBASI candidates demonstrate: age appropriate skill and coordination, musicality, commitment to achieving progress through hard work and dedication, and appreciation for a collaborative and non-competitive environment.
* While during BBASI all Program classes are taught by Bolshoi Ballet Academy's Teachers, please note that as the Academy is in session during the Auditions Period, local teachers are used for the Auditions. 
PLEASE BE GUIDED BY YOUR AGE AT THE START OF THE PROGRAM TO SELECT THE APPROPRIATE AGE GROUP FOR YOUR AUDITION. Online pre-registration audition fee is $35/ on-site audition fee** is $40 (cash or check only).

2018 Audition Dates:

January 7, 2018 - New York, NY

HUNTER COLLEGE 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 9 - 11
Thomas Hall Building Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th) 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM 12 - 14
New York, NY 10065 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

January 13, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

23091 Del Lago Drive 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM 12 - 14
Laguna Hills, CA 92653 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 15 and older

January 14, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA

16422 Ventura Boulevard 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM 12 - 14
Encino, CA 91436 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 15 and older

January 14, 2018 - Boston, MA

400 Harvard Street 3:00 PM -4:30 PM 9- 14
Cambridge, MA 02138 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 15 and older

January 20, 2018 - Boca Raton, FL

2285 Potomac Road 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Ages 9-14
Boca Raton, FL 33431 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Ages 15+

January 20, 2018 - Tampa, FL

1010 N. W.C MacInnes Place 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 9-14
Tampa, FL 33602 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 15 and older

January 20, 2018 - San Francisco, CA

Chris Hellman Center for Dance, 455 Franklin Street 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM 9 - 14
San Francisco, CA 94102 5:10 PM - 6:40 PM 15 and older

January 21, 2018 - Seattle, WA

 The Francia Russell Center 1611 136th Place NE  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9 - 14
 Bellevue, WA 98005 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

January 28, 2018 - Washington, DC

1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 15 and older
Washington, DC 20020 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 9 - 14

February 3, 2018 - Atlanta, GA

1695 Marietta Blvd NW 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 9 - 14
Atlanta, GA 30318 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 15 and older

February 4, 2018- Philadelphia, PA

323 N. Broad St.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 9 - 14
Philadelphia, PA 19107 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 15 and older

February 4, 2018 - Torrington, CT

Nutmeg Conservatory 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM  9 - 11
58 Main St 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM 12 - 14
Torrington, CT 06790 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 15 and older

February 10, 2018 - New York, NY

Hunter College 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 9 - 11
Thomas Hall Building Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th) 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM 12 - 14
New York, NY 10065 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

February 10, 2018- Chicago, IL

1147 W. Jackson Boulevard 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9 - 14
Chicago, IL 60607 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

February 11, 2018 - Winston-Salem, NC

Agnes DeMille Theatre Lobby, 1533 South Main St. 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 9 - 14
Winston-Salem, NC 27127 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

February 11, 2018- Denver, CO

1075 Santa Fe Drive 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 9 - 14
Denver CO, 80204 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 15 and older

February 17, 2018 - Dallas, TX

145 Fitness Court 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 9-14
Coppell, TX 75019 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm 15 and older 

February 17, 2018- Toronto, Canada

400 Jarvis St 1:00 PM -2:30 PM 9-14
Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6, Canada 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 15 and older

February 18, 2018 - Houston, TX

601 Preston Street 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM All Ages
Houston, TX 77002

VIDEO Auditions

Click on this link for more information on how to register and submit your video audition (a .pdf file should open in a new tab). Video audition submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.


Whether you are auditioning LIVE or sending your VIDEO audition to us, please allow for up to 2 weeks to get notified of your audition result. All VIDEO audition submissions will be confirmed with the sender upon receipt. Your audition result with be emailed to all email addresses provided in the BBASI Dashboard.


BBA Summer Intensive CT 2018 

BBA Summer Intensive CT 2018 Program Dates:marlena nikita barre

June 25-August 3, 2018 – 6-Week training session culminating in a final performance.
June 25-July 13, 2018 – 3-Week training session culminating in a Visitors’ Showcase.
July 16-August 3, 2018 – 3-Week training session culminating in a Final Performance.


Admission to the Program is competitive and by audition only. You will not be able to register unless you have received a Letter of Acceptance as a result of your audition.

2018 Summer Intensive Fees:

TUITION $2,400 $4,600
BOARDING* non-A/C $1,460 $2,950
A/C** $1,615 $3,280

*Full Board includes 3 meals a day and snacks in addition to housing.

**A/C rooms are limited with priority given to those attending for 6 weeks 

Online Tuition and Housing Registration 2018

If you received an Acceptance Letter, proceed with program registration by logging into your BBASI Dashboard and clicking the enrollment tab (review your Acceptance Letter for specific instructions).

If you are trying to sign up for a LIVE or VIDEO AUDITION, please click here.

2018 Registration Payment Deadlines:

To reserve your space in the program, kindly be advised of the following payment deadlines:

Within two weeks of date on acceptance letter  50% Tuition
Friday, 4/13/2018 Remainder of Tuition balance


Friday, 3/16/2018  50% Boarding Balance
Friday, 5/4/2018 Remainder of Boarding balance
Friday, 6/1/2018 A/C Cost Due (if applicable)*

*Those placed in an A/C room will be notified by June 1 and invoiced for the A/C cost at the time of notification.

Russian American Foundation accepts payments by check and wire transfer only. Unfortunately, due to the high cost, credit cards are not accepted.


  • Checks MUST be made out to: Russian American Foundation, Inc.
    • Carefully review your registration invoice for important payment information
  • For international families, please make sure that all payments are ONLY IN US DOLLAR currency.  Any payments received in foreign currencies will be returned and/or additional processing fees charged.

2018  BBASI Participant Manual and Medical Release Form:

The Participant Manual, medical forms, and other important program materials will be distributed to all in April of 2018 through Program’s online portal. Individual requests to review any of the materials in advance should be emailed directly to the program’s director.

RAF Refund Policy

Subject to the Cancellation Period, RAF has a no-refund policy on payments received. There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the Program or for voluntary withdrawal. Withdrawal from the Program due to severe injury/ medical condition/ illness, unrelated to a pre-existing condition and directly resulting in Participant’s inability to train, 30 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6 week session, may be given special consideration on a case by case basis. All special consideration requests will be addressed in September following the completion of the Program and shall be subject to submission to RAF of full written documentation of the reason for the request, medical documentation of the severe injury, medical condition or illness and physician’s attestation that the request is not related to a previously existing condition. Given RAF’s no-refund policy, please consider obtaining insurance if you wish to protect your Program costs. Insurance information is provided on RAF’s website and/or is available through general industry channels. Requests for session changes are not guaranteed, are reviewed on a case by case basis, and are subject to RAF’s Refund Policy.

As many have inquired about options to protect Program costs, we would like to make you aware of program insurance options which are available and used in the industry.

A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants)

For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the A+ PLANS INSURANCE  please click here or call a toll free Customer Service number 1 888 420 5378.

For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the ABROAD INSURANCE 2 (NON U.S. Participants) please click here.

Please use the following codes to identify the BBASI program:
– Organization Name: Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs
– Organization ID#: bols11

NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies, nor does RAF/BBASI assume any responsibilities, liabilities or make any representations regarding their products and/or services. This information is offered to all BBASI families solely on an OPTIONAL and INFORMATIONAL basis and it is the sole responsibility of each family to obtain full information regarding the costs, terms, coverage and any/all other relevant matters.   Please do not contact RAF/BBASI program staff with any questions as we are not authorized to make any representations and/or give out information.

*Program details are subject to change


The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive is a selective program which offers its Participants a one of a kind, unparalleled training and cross-cultural opportunity with the leading teachers of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy who have trained and continue to train some of the biggest stars on the world’s ballet stages. Because of our commitment to limited classes and the high caliber of the program, only a small number of scholarship opportunities are available as follows:

  1. MERIT-BASED FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALENT – RAF recognizes the enormous talent and dedication of many students interested in its Program. Due to a commitment for an impartial award process, RAF awards merit-based scholarships through the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. For further information and registration please visit In rare instances, RAF may award merit-based scholarships to students participating in its live national auditions. Such awards are by invitation only.
  2. NEED-BASED FOR EXTRAORDINARY TALENT – RAF recognizes that some extraordinarily talented students are prohibited from participating due to financial constraints. In such cases, after receiving an Acceptance Letter, RAF suggests that families contact the BBASI Program UPON THE RECEIPT OF THE ACCEPTANCE LETTER AND WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE EXPIRATION DEADLINE. Please be advised that any request for financial aid must be accompanied by the following:
    1. Two (2) most recent official and filed Federal Tax Returns.  Please do not submit W-2 or 1099 forms and black out your SS#.
    2. Please ensure that any submitted narrative is no longer than one page.
    3. FOR RETURNING STUDENTS ONLY – did you apply for the 2018 International Education Week scholarship? If not, please explain why.
    4. For the BBASI CT Program, please send your paperwork to
    5. PLEASE AWAIT PROGRAM’S RESPONSE PRIOR TO REGISTERING. The response will be sent to the email address(es) on file.
  3.  TRAINING AND PERFORMING SCHOLARSHIP AT THE MOSCOW BOLSHOI BALLET ACADEMY – RAF is proud to continue its tradition of awarding full scholarships for one female and one male student from its summer program to travel to Moscow, train for 2 weeks at the Academy, and perform in a Gala Performance among some of today’s leading ballet students. The recipients are selected during the Summer Intensive by the Program’s Master Teachers and RAF Executive Staff. To be eligible, the student must successfully complete the six-week program. *1st Place Male and Female Winner will be provided with visa support, economy air travel from NYC to Moscow and back, accommodations at the Academy, and training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy for a 2 week period; **2nd Place Male and Female Winner assumes all costs associated with the travel.
  4. NSLI FOR YOUTH RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION AND BOLSHOI WAY MOSCOW SUMMER INTENSIVE – The Russian American Foundation is an long-term implementing organization of the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with American Councils for International Education. NSLI FOR YOUTH offers merit-based full scholarships for intensive study of the Russian language and culture and ballet training from Teachers at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Students must meet specific criteria to be considered. For detailed information please refer to the NSLI for Youth Program page.*

All scholarships are subject to availability.

Russian American Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public charitable foundation with the mission to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the U.S., as well as to promote reciprocal interest in American heritage among global communities of the former Soviet Union region. RAF welcomes support to expand its ability to offer scholarships to deserving students. For general (not BBASI program related) RAF sponsorship inquiries, please e-mail:

Russian American Foundation, Inc.
1560 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10036
ATTN: Ms. Rina Kirshner

If you have a specific program request, please specify so in the letter. An official tax donation acknowledgement letter will be sent upon receipt of your support.