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The Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in NYC (BBASI NY) is designed to provide expert training for serious ballet students (ages 15+) through unique instruction under Master Teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. BBASI is a rigorous ballet training program, conducted in Russian language with assistance of English speaking translators, designed to offer pre-professional ballet training through 1) class instruction, 2) performances, and 3) other activities at locations on and off campus (please review sample schedules for more details). The program is specifically designed to achieve individual progress in ballet training through a focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength and greater musicality. BBASI NY offers both a residency and a day program (day students will be limited in the non-ballet training activities they will be able to participate in).
Classes are conducted in groups and organized by participants’ age and skill levels, as demonstrated during the audition process. A participant’s level placement may be adjusted during the first few days of each session, at the exclusive discretion of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Master Teachers. At the conclusion of the Program all participants will receive an assessment of their progress and advice for furthering their training by the Master Teachers.
A Class Observation Day will be held at the conclusion of the first three weeks of the program. A Final Performance will give participants enrolled in the six-week and the second three-week sessions the opportunity to showcase the repertoire acquired during BBASI. While all participants will be featured, the extent of one’s participation in the performance may be based, in part, on merit, student’s participation in class throughout the program, and artistic decisions involved in the performance’s planning.
While the program has adult chaperones for supervision of group activities, students are not supervised individually.
Interested participants will have the unique opportunity to audition for enrollment in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Furthermore, one Female and one Male participant, enrolled in a six-week session of the Summer Intensive, will be selected for a RAF Performing Scholarship in Moscow which will enable them to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s Gala Performance in Moscow!
(*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)
(**2nd Place Male and Female Winner assumes all costs associated with the travel)
Curriculum and Levels
BBASI’s NYC Program is for the Advanced-Level Male and Female dancers. The participants applying to this program should be mature, focused, and able to engage in independent time outside of class with fewer organized activities. While some organized weekend activities will be offered, the schedule outside of class is open so that participants may enjoy New York City independently. Nevertheless, an evening curfew, class attendance, healthy eating and lifestyle, and other rules will be strictly enforced by the chaperones and program staff (those who are 18 and over will have modified rules and regulations). At the Advanced Levels, Female and Male dancers will have separate classes as stated below.
Intermediate/Advanced and Advanced Levels – Female Dancers* (15 and older)
- Classical Technique
- Character Dance
Advanced Level – Male Dancers* (15 and older)
- Classical Technique
- Character Dance
*Classical Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Variations classes are taught separately for Female and Male Dancers.
The Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program (“BBASI”) is a partnership between New York-based Russian American Foundation (“RAF”) and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy (“Academy”). The BBASI is operated in the United States by RAF, based on a ballet curriculum designed by the Academy and taught exclusively by its ballet Master 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.
****THE SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***
July 4: When July 4 is a week day, regular class schedule applies.
Weekends: No ballet classes or private lessons are running on the weekends. Schedules for extracurricular activities start a half hour later. Private classes are available for an additional cost only on the weekdays after dance classes have finished.
Russian Language Classes: Students will have the option of signing up for voluntary Russian language classes twice a week, free of charge. The classes will take place at the end of the day after dance classes have finished.
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Location – Lincoln Center Area of Manhattan, NYC
Advanced students (15+ ) will have the opportunity to study ballet in the one and only New York City! BBASI studios are located in Manhattan’s beautiful Upper West Side. (RAF reserves the right to change studio locations.)
While some weekend activities will be provided, students will have more flexibility in their schedule, so that they may enjoy New York City independently. This program is ideal for older students who are comfortable navigating a major city, are independent, mature, and are excited about having more personal time in lieu of planned activities.
Classes will be held in the following locations*:
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center
The LaGuardia School
100 Amsterdam Avenue (*This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the NYC Department of Education of the City of New York)
Lincoln Center Plaza
*As RAF does not own or operate the venues, locations may change as a result of circumstances out of RAF’s control.
Housing in New York
The following options are offered by BBASI (Families are welcome to select their own housing options as well):
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY/ Beren Campus Residence will be available to the participants under 18 y.o. only. This residence is centrally located in a residential neighborhood of Mid-town East Side at 151 East 36 Street. It is an inviting, renovated and modern facility which consists of air-conditioned single rooms (some double rooms may be available), two community lounges, a private outdoor garden and a laundry room. TV will be available in the common lounges. Each room is equipped with a small refrigerator, a microwave, desk and chair, a small dresser, closet space, wifi. NO BEDDING will be provided, residents must bring their own. Female and Male dancers will reside on separate floors. Each floor has common bathroom/ shower area. The building has 24-hour on-site security along with full-time chaperons residing on each floor. The facility will be occupied exclusively by the BBASI participants and will serve as the Program’s flagship home. This dorm is located within a few blocks of a major movie theater, shopping, restaurants, supermarkets and all of the main subways. Due to our commitment to keeping the program costs low, starting 2014, ballet/ Broadway performance will NO LONGER be included as an organized weekend activity for BBASI NY resident participants. Instead, we plan on organizing more community building events and activities at the Yeshiva/ Beren Campus Residence.
STRATFORD ARMS Residence, an AMDA Residence, is located in the residential neighborhood of the Upper West Side at 117 West 70th Street. All participants aged 18 years and older will be required to live in this dorm and will not be chaperoned (Participants will still be required to comply with any/all AMDA Residency Rules and Regulations and BBASI overall program rules). This residence is located in an area that has long been a center for the arts; countless museums, Broadway theatres, and Lincoln Center for performances of Ballet, Opera, and Symphony are all nearby. The double and single rooms are all air-conditioned, include refrigerators, and have shared bathrooms as well as common bathrooms. A kitchen, TV lounge, and a computer lab are located on the first floor of the dorm with an outdoor deck. The building has 24-hour on-site security along with full-time chaperones residing on each floor. Students may be placed on the same floor with other students of AMDA. *Space at this facility is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis / no residents under the age of 16 are allowed. Please note that a selection of this option at registration does not guarantee placement until a confirmation is received.
NEW FEATURE FOR NYC HOUSING: Starting 2013, New York program participants 18 years and older will be offered housing options that are not chaperoned by the BBASI chaperones. Everyone will still be required to adhere to all residence rules and policies as well as observe the program’s code of conduct.
Note: Meals and meal plans are not included. Students will have access to the Juilliard cafeteria, countless neighboring cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores. Transportation costs are also not included in the cost of tuition.
Admission to the Summer Intensive is competitive and by audition only. You will not be able to register for the program unless you have received a notification of Acceptance to the Summer Intensive as a result of your audition. For more information about audition dates, requirements and registration, please visit the Auditions page.
2014 Summer Intensive Fees (check back soon for Summer 2015 fees):
|BBASI NYC TUITION/ HOUSING||3-WEEK PROGRAM||6-WEEK PROGRAM|
|YESHIVA UNIVERSITY/Beren Campus Residence||$950||$1,800|
|STRATFORD ARMS Residence (Private Bathroom)||$1,050||$2,100|
|STRATFORD ARMS Residence (NO Private Bathroom)||$900||$1,800|
***This is NOT a registration link for the Auditions. For an audition registration, please visit the Auditions page.
Registration Payment Deadlines:
TUITION: Kindly be advised that to reserve your space in the program we need to receive a 50% deposit of the tuition within two weeks of the Acceptance Letter and the remaining 50% is due by May 1, 2014.
HOUSING: If you will need housing, a 50% deposit of the housing is due by March 28, 2014 and the balance is due by May 30, 2014.
PLEASE NOTE: We are accepting payments by check and wire transfer only. You can find important payment information on your registration invoice. Unfortunately, due to the high cost of the program’s implementation, credit cards are not accepted.
RAF Refund Policy
Russian American Foundation has a no-refund policy on payments received.
Withdrawal from the program, due to severe illness or injury, directly resulting in the participant’s inability to train, 30 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6 week program may be considered for a partial refund on a case by case basis.
If a participant attends the SI with an existing injury or illness they must notify the BBASI of the condition and must have received clearance from a doctor to participate in the SI. Any withdrawal from the program because of the pre-existing illness or injury will not be eligible for any refund.
There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the program.
All refund requests will be considered in September following the completion of the Summer Intensive and with full written documentation of the refund request and doctor’s documentation of the severe illness or injury.
As many have inquired about protection options to cover Program Costs, we would like to make you aware of program insurance options designed to protect program and associated costs which are available and used in the industry.
A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants)
ABROAD INSURANCE 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants)
NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies listed below, 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 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.
For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants) please go to https://www.aplusplans.com/ 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 2013-2014 (NON U.S. Participants) please go to http://www2.sevencorners.com/.
Please use the following codes to identify the BBASI program:
Organization Name: Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs
Organization ID#: bols11
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.
BBASI Participant Manual and Medical Release Form:
All program forms will be available in April of 2014. This year, we are switching to the online registration for all medical forms. Once the forms are available, all registered students will be notified via email.
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 Master 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