Are You Sabotaging Your Summer Intensive Audition?

Pointe Magazine: An audition is a first impression, and you want to look your best. Rina Kirshner, Director of the Russian American Foundation’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs, looks for dancers who “stand out through hard work and talent.” Read More.

My Unforgettable NSLI-Y Experience

NSLIY Interactive: It all began at the JFK Airport when our group of thirteen in matching green t-shirts waited anxiously for the plane. I remember thinking before I got on the plane to Russia, “this is really happening.” It was going to be my first time abroad and I was anxious but excited not knowing what Russia held for me. READ MORE.

Local ballerina returns from summer training in Russia

Free Lance-Star: For Catherine Cata, the worlds of ballet and international relations share a deeply entwined relationship. This summer, the 17-year-old ballerina from Stafford County traveled to Moscow in the joint role of ballerina and diplomat to study language, culture and ballet for six weeks at the prestigious Moscow State Academy of Choreography, more commonly known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Read more.

Teen rewarded for Russian study abroad

The Acorn: Lindsay Wu, a high school student from Westlake Village, was recently awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for 2017-18 by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Read more.

ART BEAT: 16-year-old Suwanee Student Accepted at Prestigious Russian Ballet Academy

Gwinnett Daily Post: He’s only 16, but Tamon Uruno has already been recognized for a rare artistic gift and offered a huge opportunity in the international world of ballet. A student at Royal Dance Academy in Suwanee, young Uruno is setting his sights on studying in Moscow, Russia, in 2018. read more.

Colonial Forge Student Studies Ballet in Moscow

Inside Now –Northern Virginia’s Leading News Source: Catherine Maria Cata, a student at Classical Ballet of Fredericksburg, was awarded a U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Russian Language and Culture Full Scholarship six-week summer program to Moscow, Russia. The Russian American Foundation scholarship included: travel expenses, full room and board, Russian language instruction and immersion program, ballet training with teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and more. read more.

Meet the US-Born Dancer Rising the Ranks in Russia

Dance Magazine – MacKay was the first American to graduate from both the lower and upper schools of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He was invited to train there after a summer Bolshoi intensive in the U.S., and ended up staying six years. Read more.

Dance takes Seabeck teen to Russia

Kitsap Sun – Emilie Scott went to New York City in July for three weeks of intensive dance study with instructors from the famed Bolshoi Ballet. Heady stuff, huh? For the Klahowya Secondary School sophomore, though, that was just the beginning. From New York, Scott — the recipient of an NSLI for Youth scholarship administered through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Russian American Foundation — flew back to Russia with the Bolshoi entourage for six more weeks of dance and language immersion. Read more.

From Russia with love: Aiken dancer spends summer studying ballet with the Bolshoi

Aiken Standard:  Aiken Civic Ballet dancer Sydney Maddox, 17, spent part of last summer and this summer in New York City for a dance intensive with instructors from the Bolshoi Ballet. This year, she took the experience – and her studies – a step further and also trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Read more.

Trumbull dancer is bound for Bolshoi

Trumbull Times: Trumbull student Ben Boveroux, 15, will study ballet with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, featuring instruction from teachers of the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. For six weeks, Ben will be immersed in a program taught in Russian (with the help of translators) that will focus on precision of technique. read more. 

Reports from the Field: Educators discuss the programs they attended in 2016

Dance Teacher Magazine: Find out more about the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program by reading “Reports from the Field: Educators discuss the programs they attended in 2016”.

Dayla goes to the Bolshoi Dance Academy

The Examiner: A ballet dancer has pirouette her way into a six-week placement that no other Tasmanian has ever been offered. Dayla Bowman, 12, will fly to the US in June to participate in a workshop with the Bolshoi Dance Academy Intensive Program, specifically designed to increase individual progress. read more.

Stow teen reaches finals of prestigious ballet competition

Boston Globe: Ben Kuefler, a ballet dancer from Stow, just won first place in classical dance at the semifinals of the Youth America Grand Prix, a prestigious dance competition that reaches more than 7,000 students worldwide. read more.

This isn’t tutus and tiaras: The ballet Grand Prix draws young, driven competitors in droves

Los Angeles Times: These dancers dream of reaching the finals in New York City. Each year Youth America Grand Prix awards more than $250,000 in scholarships to send hopefuls to the top dance schools and companies around the world. read more.

Russian ballet stars to dance in ‘The Nutcracker’

INSIDENOVA: The Northern Virginia Ballet and its affiliate school, The Academy of Russian Ballet, will feature dancers Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky in the company’s ninth annual production of “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. read more.

Dancers still Reaping Benefits from Summer Programs

Aiken Standard: Partnering is a skill that Maddox honed during her time with Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive this past July and August. “It was the first really big intensive that I’ve gotten into,” Maddox said. “It really shocked me, and I was really excited.” read more. 



Granada Hills Charter High dancer to study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Los Angeles Daily News: Fourteen-year-old dancer Sana Suzuki will soon pack her slippers for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The 9th-grade ballerina from Granada Hills Charter High School was just chosen to study full-time at the Moscow academy after showing off her ballet skills at the Bolshoi Summer Intensive tryouts in Connecticut. read more

From Puyallup to Moscow: Teen dances her way to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

The News Tribune: Ashley Fox doesn’t look that different from the other ballet students waiting for class at Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre…But something is about to set her apart from your average American teenager: The 16-year-old junior from Puyallup is leaving Tuesday to study for a year at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (formerly Bolshoi Ballet Academy), one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Read more.

Ballerina returns home to Rockaway after summer in Russia

The Record: Morris Knolls High School Senior Kaitlyn DalBon, 17, of Rockaway, is one of 13 American high school ballet dancers welcomed home by the New York-based Russian American Foundation. Read more.

A Vermont Ballerina Heads to the Bolshoi

Vermont’s Independent Voice – Seven Days: Each year across the United States, aspiring ballet dancers don their best tights to audition for a spot at the Bolshoi Ballet‘s yearlong trainee program in Moscow, Russia. Of the hundreds of dancers auditioning, perhaps eight are accepted. This year, one of those dancers is from Jericho: 16-year-old Julia Spensley. She was invited to Moscow after completing the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer intensive in New York City last month. read more