17-year-old Texas teen to be first American to graduate from Bolshoi Ballet Academy

SAN FRANCISCO GATE: Joy Womack, a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Austin, is set to become the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. She will take her finals and graduate in May, according to the Daily Mail. Womack has been studying at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, recognized as the best in the world, since 2009. She started her dance career at the age of three, first in California, before moving to Austin in 2006 where she studied at the Austin School of Classical Ballet. She has also attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Los Angeles Ballet School and the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet. read more