BBA Summer Intensive NYC (Ages 15 and older)

BBA Summer Intensive NYC (Ages 15 and older)

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BBA Summer Intensive NYC 2019 Program Dates:

June 24-August 2, 2019 – 6-week session culminating in a Final Performance.
June 24-July 12, 2019 – 3-week session culminating in a day of Open Classes.
July 15-August 2, 2019 – 3-week session culminating in a Final Performance.

BobrovainclassThe 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 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) final performance, and 3) other activities at locations on and off campus (review sample schedules for 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 activities they will be able to participate in).

Ballet classes are conducted in groups and organized by participants’ age and skill levels, as demonstrated during the audition process.  RAF’s audition boysprocess, 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.  At the conclusion of the Program all participants will receive an assessment of their progress from the Academy Teachers.

A Class Observation Day will be held at the conclusion of the first three-week session. A Final Performance will give participants enrolled in the six-week and the second3 gals 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, in-class participation throughout the program, and artistic decisions involved in the performance’s planning.

 

While RAF takes great care  to support the safety and wellbeing of participants during the program, our ability to do so Jhaelin McQuay_&_Amber Ray_Partneringdepends on serious preparation of participants and their families for the experience. BBASI NY participants are expected to be: mature and focused, able to safely and responsibly engage in independent free time outside of class, know and comply with all program rules and requirements, and be able to responsibly and safely navigate New York City. While the program has volunteer parent chaperones for supervision of program’s group activities, students are not supervised individually. An evening curfew, class attendance, healthy eating and lifestyle, and other rules will be strictly enforced by the Program (those 18 and older will have modified rules and regulations).

Participants exhibiting exceptional talent may be recommended for year-round study at 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 30519823378_58dd7969b9_oPlace 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) 

For questions, please contact Annie Sundelson: asundelson@russianamericanfoundation.org, 212 687 6118 x 207.

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

Curriculum and Levels

Гусев Дуэт-фото 1NYC Program is for the Advanced-Level Male and Female dancers. Training is conducted through group classes consisting of: individual participation, observation,  interactive participation with other participants, and manual/hands-on corrections and demonstrations by the 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. An Open Class Day will be held at the conclusion of the first three-week session. 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 NYC. While all Participants will be featured, 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 6th week will be adjusted to accommodate afternoon rehearsals for the Final Performance.

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Intermediate / Advanced and Advanced Levels – Female Dancers* (15 and older)

Classical Technique
Pointe
Repertoire
Partnering
Character Dance

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE ADVANCED SCHEDULE

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SCHEDULE

Ryzhakov_BridgerBarksdaleIntermediate / Advanced Levels – Male Dancers* (15 and older)

Classical Technique
Variations
Partnering
Character Dance

CLICK HERE FOR A SAMPLE MALE SCHEDULE

 

*Classical Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Variations classes are taught separately for Female and Male Dancers.

July 4: When July 4 is a week day, regular class schedule applies.

Weekends: No classes are conducted on the weekends. Private classes are available for an additional cost only on the weekdays after regular 36773841030_3fe28cc0d2_z classes have finished.

Russian Language Classes: Students are offered optional Russian language classes twice a week, free of charge. The classes will take place at the end of the day after ballet classes have finished.

*Program details are subject to change

Location

Location – Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC

Advanced students (15+ years) will have the opportunity to study ballet in the one and only New York City! BBASI NY studios are located in Manhattan’s beautiful Upper East Side.

While some organized activities may be provided, students will have ample free time in their schedule so that they may explore and enjoy New York City independently. BBASI NY is ideal for older students who are comfortable navigating a major city, are independent, mature, responsible and are excited about having more personal time in lieu of planned activities.

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Hunter College 
Between 68th and 69th off Lexington Avenue (*This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the NYC Department of Education of the City of New York)

Marymount Manhattan College 
221 East 71st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

*As RAF does not own or operate its facilities, locations may change as a result of circumstances beyond RAF’s control.

Please note that BBASI cannot ensure an allergen-free environment at any of these facilities.

 Supervision

Participants attending the New York program are expected to be mature, focused, and able to function independently and responsibly at all times. While some organized activities may be offered, the schedule outside of classes is open and unchaperoned, giving Participants the ability to take full advantage of everything New York has to offer.  Program Chaperons & Staff are available for:

  • Optional group supervision to and from class/Yeshiva University Residence/ Dining Hall
  • Optional group supervision of official organized Program activities
  • Attending to order, curfew, etc. in the Yeshiva University Residence Hall
  • No individual supervision will be provided (excepting situations requiring medical care)

** Please discuss with your participant any individual suggestions/ guidelines/ behavior you have as a family for their stay in New York City.

** Attendance is verified only in ballet class and at curfew for those residing at the Yeshiva University Residency Hall.

Housing in New York

BBASI Program is pleased to continue offering two housing options conveniently located on the residential East Side of Manhattan.  Yeshiva University dorm, a supervised option, will be offered as a first choice to 15 and 16-year-old participants.  Marymount Manhattan College dorm, an unsupervised option, will be offered as a first choice to dancers ages 17+.  For dancers ages 18 years or older, Marymount Manhattan College will be the only offered housing option.  Please be reminded that all housing is subject to availability (Program reserves the right to make housing adjustments if needed). Families are welcome to seek their own housing options as well.

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY/ Beren Campus Residence 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 is 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 is provided. Each floor has common bathroom/ shower area. The building has 24-hour on-site security along with Program chaperones residing on each floor. The 5 story building has no elevators.  The facility will be occupied exclusively by the BBASI participants and will serve as the Program’s flagship home. The dorm is located within a few blocks of a major movie theater, shopping, restaurants, supermarkets and main subway lines. Limited organized community building events will take place. Availability is limited and is on a first-come, first served basis. Enrollment is strictly through your BBASI Dashboard. All questions should be directed to BBASI Staff – please DO NOT contact the Residence Hall directly.

MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE/55th Street Residence  This modern facility is located in Midtown East Side at 231 East 55th Street, a short subway ride to the BBASI studios. The residence is suite-style, with each suite consisting of 2 bedrooms (doubles or quads), bathroom (number depending on size of the suite), kitchen, and a living room space. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks and wardrobes. Kitchen/living area has table and chairs, full-size refrigerator, an electric stove, and microwave. Bedding, kitchen supplies and toiletries are NOT provided. Amenities include common lounges and a laundry room. The building has a 24-hour security check point with ID card swipe entry. The Residence is within a few blocks of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets and subway stations. Availability is limited and is on a first-come, first served basis.  Enrollment is strictly through your BBASI Dashboard. All questions should be directed to BBASI Staff – please DO NOT contact the Residence Hall directly.

Note: Meals and meal plans are not included in the tuition cost. Students will have access to the Hunter and Marymount Manhattan Cafeteria’s, countless neighboring cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores. Transportation costs are also not included.

Suggested Links for Navigating NYC

As BBASI’s participant body represents all US states and numerous countries from around the world, in preparation for your time in NYC, and in addition to your own resources, we recommend taking the time to review the following useful tips and suggestions. While New York has been consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the world, a working knowledge of daily city life and familiarity with the culture and traditions of NYC will enable your participant to maximize their time in this great city in a safe and successful manner.

Forbes – America’s Safest Cities
NYC.gov – Tips for Visitors to NYC
NYC Parks – Parks and Safety in NYC
NYC Parks – Water and Sun Safety in NYC
Fodors.com – NYC Travel Tips
Forbes – Bedbugs: What to Do

*Program details are subject to change

Auditions


2019 Audition Information

BBASI auditions are a great opportunity to meet Program staff * and learn about the different programs. 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. Successful BBASI candidates demonstrate: age appropriate skill, musicality, commitment to achieving progress, and appreciation for a collaborative 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.
To register for an audition:
  1. New families must create a profile on CampSite. Returning families should use their existing profile.
  2. Once logged in, click on the "enrollment" tab. To enroll in an audition, please be guided by dancer's age as of June 24, 2019.
  3. You will be prompted to choose a date/location/time and pay the $35 fee.
  4. Upload your headshot and first arabesque photos according to the instructions in the corresponding enrollment forms located in the Forms tab of Campsite. You do NOT need to bring hard copies with you to the audition.
For details on when to arrive and what to bring/wear to your audition, click here.
**Please keep in mind that RAF reserves the right to cancel/limit on-site registration at any audition. As such, advance registration is recommended.

2019 Audition Dates

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

PLEASE BE GUIDED BY AGE AS OF JUNE 24, 2019 TO SELECT THE APPROPRIATE AUDITION GROUP. Online advance registration fee is $35/ on-site fee is $40 (cash or check only)/ video audition fee is $45.

January 6 - New York, NY - Hunter College

Thomas Hall Building, Lexington Ave. (between 68th and 69th), New York, NY 10065
Ages 15 and older  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ages 9 - 11  1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Ages 12- 14  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 12 - Tampa, FL - Patel Conservatory

1010 N. W.C MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602
Ages 9 - 14  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy

23091 Del Lago Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Ages 9 - 11  1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Ages 12 - 14  3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Ages 15 and older  5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles Ballet Academy

16422 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, CA 91436
Ages 9 - 11  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Ages 12 - 14  12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 13 - Boca Raton, FL - The HARID Conservatory

2285 Potomac Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Ages 9 - 14  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 19 - Boston, MA - Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

400 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Ages 9 - 14  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 19 - Seattle, WA - Pacific Northwest Ballet

The Francia Russell Center, 1611 136th Place NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Ages 9 - 14  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 20 - Toronto, Canada - Canada's National Ballet School

400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6, Canada
Ages 9 - 14  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 20 - Washington, DC - Washington Ballet at THEARC

1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20020
Ages 9 - 14  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 20 - Hartford, CT - The Hartt School

35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112
Ages 12 - 14  11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Ages 15 and older  1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Ages 9 - 11  3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 26 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Ballet

Chris Hellman Center for Dance, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Ages 9 - 14  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 27 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Ballet Buckhead Centre

Chastain Square, 4279 Roswell Road, Suite 703, Atlanta, GA 30342
Ages 9 - 14  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

January 27 - Chicago, IL - Joffrey Ballet & Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Ages 9 - 14  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM  10 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601 (JB)
Ages 15 and older  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM  1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 (HSDC)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 2 - Denver, CO - Colorado Ballet

1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204
Ages 9 - 14  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 3 - Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania Ballet

323 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ages 9 - 14  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 9 - New York, NY - Hunter College

Thomas Hall Building, Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th), New York, NY 10065
Ages 9 - 11  11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Ages 12 - 14  12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Ages 15 and older  2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 9 - Dallas, TX - The Dallas Conservatory

7979 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209
Ages 9 - 14  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Ages 15 and older  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 9 - Winston-Salem, NC - University of North Carolina School of the Arts

1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Ages 9 - 14  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 10 - Houston, TX - Houston Ballet

601 Preston Street, Houston, TX 77002
Ages 9 - 14  10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Ages 15 and older  5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

February 10 - Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Ballet

1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214
Ages 9 - 14  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ages 15 and older  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR LIVE OR VIDEO AUDITION

VIDEO Auditions

Click here 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.

Notification

Whether you are auditioning LIVE or submitting your VIDEO audition, please allow for up to 2 weeks to get notified of your 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.

Registration

Click here to register for an audition! 

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BBA Summer Intensive NYC 2019 Program Dates:

June 24-August 2, 2019  – 6-week session culminating in a Final Performance.*
June 24-July 12, 2019 – 3-week session culminating in a day of Open Classes.
July 15-August 2, 2019 – 3-week session culminating in a Final Performance.*

*Note that last week will have substantial class time dedicated to rehearsals.

Registration

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

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

2019 Summer Intensive Fees:

BBASI NY Tuition/Housing  3-WEEK PROGRAM    6-WEEK PROGRAM
TUITION $2,400 $4,600
Housing YESHIVA UNIVERSITY/ 36th St. Residence TBA TBA
MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE/ 55th St. Residence TBA TBA

Yeshiva University dorm, a supervised option, will be offered as a first choice to 15 and 16-year-old participants.  Marymount Manhattan College dorm, an unsupervised option, will be offered as a first choice to dancers ages 17+. For dancers ages 18 years or older, Marymount Manhattan College will be the only offered housing option.

Online Tuition and Housing Registration 2019

If you have received an Acceptance Letter, you may proceed by logging into your BBASI Dashboard and clicking the enrollment tab (please refer to your Acceptance Letter for additional instructions).

2019 Registration Payment Deadlines:

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

2019 BBASI TUITION PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Within two weeks of date on acceptance letter  50% Tuition
Friday, 4/12/2019 Remainder of Tuition Fees

 

2019 BBASI Housing PAYMENT SCHEDULE
TBA  50% Housing
TBA Remainder of Housing Fees

Only payments by check and wire transfer will be accepted. Unfortunately, due to high cost, credit cards are not accepted.

PAYMENT:

  • 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.

 

2019 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 2019 through the Program’s online portal. Individual requests to review any of the materials in advance should be emailed directly to the program’s director.

REFUND POLICY

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 a severe injury or medical condition, 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 upon submission to RAF, in September, of full written documentation of the reason for the request, medical documentation of the severe injury or medical condition, and physician’s attestation that the request is not related to a previously existing condition.  Upon receipt of stated information, RAF will determine, in its sole discretion, whether a special consideration will be granted. Requests for session changes are not guaranteed, reviewed on a case by case basis, and are subject to RAF’s Refund Policy.

Given RAF’s no-refund policy, please consider obtaining insurance to protect your Program costs.  INSURANCE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW AND ADDITIONAL OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH GENERAL INDUSTRY CHANNELS.  You are encouraged to research all available options.

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.

ABROAD INSURANCE (NON U.S. Participants)

For complete details of the plan/ benefits and more information for the ABROAD INSURANCE, 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. 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 regarding the insurance as we are not authorized to make any representations and/or give out information.

*Program details are subject to change

Scholarships

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 YAGP.org. In rare instances, RAF may award merit-based scholarships to students participating in its live 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, RAF suggests that families contact the BBASI Program UPON RECEIPT OF AN 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 NY Program, please send your paperwork to asundelson@russianamericanfoundation.org.
    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 a long-term implementing organization of the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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: info@russianamericanfoundation.org:

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 acknowledgment letter will be sent upon receipt of your support.

*Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs