Bolshoi PREP NYC (Ages 9-14)

Bolshoi PREP NYC (Ages 9-14)

About

Click here to register for an audition!

Bolshoi PREP 2019 Program Dates:

July 1 – August 9, 2019 – 6-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.
July 1 – July 19, 2019 – 3-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.
July 22 – August 9, 2019 – 3-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.

Prep pic_website_aboutThe annual BOLSHOI PREP summer intensive in NYC  is designed to provide expert training for serious ballet students (ages 9-14) through unique instruction with leading teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. BOLSHOI PREP is a rigorous ballet training program, conducted in Russian language with the assistance of English-speaking translators (review sample schedule for details). The Program is specifically designed to achieve individual progress through a focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality. BOLSHOI PREP is well suited for younger dancers desiring the unmatched training opportunity with Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teachers, but who are not yet ready for the BBASI CT residential program.

Bolshoi Prep

BOLSHOI PREP is offered only as a day program option (*Limited housing option may be offered to students accompanied by parents fulltime). The Program will take place in Manhattan, NYC in the Upper East Side neighborhood. The students will be required to bring their own snacks/lunch to sustain them throughout the day.

Some may wonder what the central differences are between BOLSHOI PREP and BBASI CT. BOLSHOI PREP was specifically created to give tri-state ballet families, many of whom do not have the option of attending a program in CT, an opportunity to train with Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teachers. The Program is also a suitable entry point for students who are strong and serious dancers, but who have not been substantially exposed to Bolshoi’s rigorous training or Vaganova technique. While BOLSHOI PREP is a smaller program, there are no differences in the ballet curriculum between BBASI CT and BOLSHOI PREP. Both are taught by leading Academy Teachers and the curriculum is designed by the Dean of the Academy, Ms. Leonova. In BOLSHOI PREP males and females have most classes jointly. For Summer 2019, a separate MALE REPERTOIRE class will be offered. In BBASI CT, males have some classes separately from females. The main difference between the two programs is in the non-core extracurricular options. BBASI CT is structured as a comprehensive cultural and summer experience. The BOLSHOI PREP is structured strictly as a day program which only offers ballet classes.* Please click here to learn more about the differences between BBASI CT and Bolshoi PREP.

Prep Photo 4_jpegThe participants applying to this Program should be focused on achieving individual progress and willing to work hard to obtain it. Having said that, the overall environment of BOLSHOI PREP is non-competitive and a strong emphasis is made on teamwork, respect, and building friendships that last a lifetime.

For questions, please contact Jade Direnfeld: jdirenfeld@russianamericanfoundation.org, 212 687 6118 x 201.

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

BOLSHOI PREPPhoto_girls jumping is open to females and males, ages 9-14 years. 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, as demonstrated during the audition process. Training is conducted through individual participation, observation, interactive participation with other participants, and manual/hands-on corrections and demonstrations by Academy’s Teachers.  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. At the conclusion of the Program, all participants will receive an assessment of their progress from the Academy’s Teachers. A Class Observation Day will be held at the conclusion of each three week session.

9457510459_d29e569852_zCurriculum will be comprised of:

  •   Classical Technique
  •   Pointe/Pre-Pointe
  •   Repertoire
  •   Character Dance/Historical Dance
  •   Organized Stretch Class*

CLICK HERE FOR SAMPLE SCHEDULE

image (4)Attendance and participation in all ballet classes is mandatory. Participants in the BOLSHOI PREP program also have the opportunity for optional free Russian language study.

*Organized 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 Program classes. If a Participant has their own routine which they would like to follow, they will be welcome to do so in a non-disruptive manner.

*Program details are subject to change

Location

Location – Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC

Bolshoi PREP participants will have the opportunity to study ballet in the one and only New York City! Bolshoi PREP studios are located in Manhattan’s beautiful Upper East Side.
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Hunter College*
Lexington Ave, between 68th and 69th Streets
(*This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the NYC Department of Education of the City of New York)

Marymount Manhattan College*
221 E 71st St
(between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

 

*As RAF does not own or operate its facilities, the location is subject to change as a result of circumstances beyond RAF’s control

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

Supervision 

All Participants attending the PREP program are expected to be mature, focused, and able to behave responsibly at all times.

  • Staff is available for group supervision of participants during Program hours.
  • No participant is allowed to leave the premises of the college during Program hours.

Housing for the Bolshoi PREP Program:

MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE/55th Street Residence (231 East 55th Street)

An unchaperoned housing option for Prep participants may be available with full-time parent/legal guardian supervision. This modern facility is located a short subway ride to the BBASI studios. The residence is suite-style, with each suite consisting of 2 bedrooms (doubles or quads in each), bathroom, 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, electric stove and microwave. Bedding, kitchen supplies and toiletries are NOT provided. Amenities include common lounges on multiple floors and a laundry room (other building amenities will not be applicable for BBASI participants). 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. Parent/Guardian accompanying participant must be of the same gender as participant. Accommodation in the residence is subject to availability of space in a gender-appropriate suite. All questions should be directed to BBASI Staff – please DO NOT contact the Residence Hall directly.

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 – In Depth: American’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 Street Smarts
Fodors.com – NYC Travel Tips
Forbes – Bedbugs: What to Do

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! 

July 1 – August 9, 2019 – 6-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.
July 1 – July 19, 2019 – 3-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.
July 22 – August 9, 2019 – 3-Week training session culminating in an Open Class Day.

Registration

Admission to the Program 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.

2019 Summer Intensive Fees:

Bolshoi Prep NYC TUITION/HOUSING 3-WEEK PROGRAM 6-WEEK PROGRAM
TUITION $2,400 $4,600
HOUSING: TBA TBA

Online Tuition and Housing Registration 2019

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

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

2019 Registration Payment Deadlines:

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

2019 BBASI PAYMENT SCHEDULE – TUITION
Within two weeks of date on acceptance letter 50% Tuition
Friday, 4/12/2019 Remainder of tuition fees
2019 BBASI PAYMENT SCHEDULE – HOUSING
Friday, 3/15/2019     50% Housing
Friday, 5/3/2019 Remainder of housing fees


PAYMENT:

– RAF accepts payments by check and wire transfer only. Unfortunately, due to the high costs, 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.

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 Program’s on-line 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 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

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 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 Bolshoi PREP Program, please send your paperwork to jdirenfeld@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 acknowledgement letter will be sent upon receipt of your support.