Ballerina leaps into Russian culture

Santa Monica Daily Press: Mary Polhemus has an interesting story to tell to her peers about what she did this summer. The Santa Monica High School student spent much of it in Moscow through a State Department program that aims to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia while providing youths with intensive ballet training. Polhemus was one of 13 participants in the program, a joint effort of the U.S. government, the New York-based Russian American Foundation and the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. read more

Ballet treasures from the Treasure State

The Washington Post: Julian’s career took flight in 2009 after a six-week program with teachers from the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. It was part of a Russian American Foundation effort to bring promising homegrown students to Moscow. read more

‘Dancing makes me happy, no matter what I have to sacrifice’: 15-year-old ballerina from Oregon defies the odds to land a place at Russia’s prestigious Bolshoi Academy

Daily Mail: Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, one is different — thought you wouldn’t know it just by watching her dance. read more.

Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in a class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different

U.S. News & World Report: Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different. And it’s not just because of her long, swan-like neck. She is Harper Ortlieb, an American, who left her small town in Oregon to move to Moscow to follow her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. read more.

On the Bright Side: Franklin ballerina earns chance to study in Moscow

Oneonta Daily Star: A local teenage ballerina is pirouetting her way around Russia’s capital thanks to a full scholarship provided by a New York City foundation. Stella Duerden of Franklin was one of two young women invited to go to Moscow for two weeks to take dance classes and participate in the Spring Gala performance of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of ballet in the world, she said via email Thursday. read more.

Dancing Abroad: Hoover ballet student studies at Russian Academy

Hoover Magazine: Katherine Free, 16, was one of 15 ballet students who were selected to participate in the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLl-Y), along with Russian American Foundation (RAF) and Bolshoi Way Program. The course took place during the summer and featured daily ballet training and language study. read more.

Artists of the Week: Tate Lee and Louisa Forney

The Orange County Register: Two ballet students from the Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy have each been presented with a prestigious opportunity this year. After spending a few weeks in New York last summer participating in a Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive, Louisa Forney was invited to train for six months at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more 

Spruce Creek High dancer just keeps going

Daytona Beach News-JournalOver the summer, [Alana Muldowney] spent six weeks training at the elite Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow after months of auditions, essay writing and interviews during the National Security Language Initiative for Youth & Bolshoi Way Program’s selection process, followed by a three-week summer intensive in New York City. . . The Academy’s impact on her was profound. Since returning, she’s decided to study Russian in college and possibly work in international intelligence. “It totally changed the path of my life,” she said. read more.

Brisbane teenager to dance with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia

Quest Newspapers: A BAYSIDE teenager has achieved the “opportunity of a lifetime” to train with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. In July she went to Connecticut in the US for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and after auditioning for a place via video. read more.

Libertyville dancer takes lead in Dancenter North’s ‘Nutcracker’

Windy City Live: Priyana Acharya, 15, is ballet dancer from Libertyville who has been dancing since she was two years old. She will dance the lead role of “American Beauty Rose” in Dancenter North’s “The Magic of the Nutcracker.” Priyana has attended many summer intensive ballet programs, including Bolshoi Ballet Academy New York City, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Connecticut and the Milwaukee Ballet Pre-Professional program. watch video and read more

A trip of a lifetime

Unbelievable. A dream come true. The opportunity of a lifetime. That’s how 16-year-old Hoover resident Katherine Free describes her summer. The blossoming ballerina spent nine weeks — three in New York City, six in Moscow — pursuing the art form she loves under the direction of the world’s most elite instructors. read more.

Muldowney Chosen for NSLI Program

Alanna Muldowney, 17, was chosen as one of 15 American high school ballet students for the National Security Language Intitiative for Youth & Bolshoi Way Program, a U.S. Department of State Program in collaboration with the Russian American Foundation and the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Russia. read more.

Ormond Beach ballet student returns from Moscow

Muldowney was just one of 15 ballet students chosen from around the country for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth’s Russian Language and Culture RAF and Bolshoi Way. The program, funded by the state, immerses the students into a summer of learning a different country’s culture and ballet. read more.

Maranda Jory: loving her sweet slice of life

The Mesa Paper: Recently, Maranda Jory completed a six-week full scholarship stint at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia, training at one of the best ballet academies in the world! It was a life-changing experience for Maranda in many ways, including her preconceived notions about Russia … and its citizens. read more

Bolshoi Ballet Academy welcomes Bath Ballerina

Bath Country Journal: Instead of kicking back and relaxing for her summer vacation, Bath ballerina Anne Lewandowski had the adventure of a lifetime, immersing herself in Russian culture and dancing with the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet. The Hathaway Brown School sophomore was one of 15 young people (13 girls, 2 boys) selected to participate in the State Department­ funded program to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. There they honed their dance skills and learned the Russian language. read more

Oak Grove teen McMurrian studies ballet in Russia

Hattiesburg American: The scholarship provided to McMurrian and 14 other high school ballet students from across the United States was offered by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth RAF & Bolshoi Way Program, a U.S. Department of State program in collaboration with the Russian American Foundation and the Bolshoi Academy. read more

Shelton Resident Attends Prestigious Russian Ballet Academy

Shelton Patch: Shelton resident and Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology student Dominika Tomczyk returned from a summer study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Dominika said the opportunity was magical especially after working her way back up to full strength after a stress fracture in 2014. read more

From Mt. Hood to Moscow: Local 14-year-old ballerina invited to prestigious Russian academy

The Oregonian: This summer, Harper took part in a six-week intensive in Connecticut, run by The Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Some dancers would be selected for traineeships in Russia, they told her – she just never expected to be one of them. The nine-month program will be entirely immersive, throwing Harper into an completely different culture – one where the language is foreign and the classes are harder. read more

LAHS student spends summer at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Los Altos Town Crier: Los Altos High School junior Jillian Smith twirled her way to Moscow this summer, landing a six-week language and ballet scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Smith, 16, a Los Altos resident, scored one of 15 academic and merit-based grants for promising ballet dancers nationwide to attend the summer school program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Russian American Foundation. read more

New Frontiers: Juneau ballerina has hopes of an Alaska first

Juneau Empire: Juneau teenager Máire New has a big dream: She wants to be the first Alaskan to graduate from The Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Her supporters in Juneau are helping her get there. About 50 people attended a fundraiser the 18-year-old ballerina hosted at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Thursday night. They bid on items donated by local business owners in a silent auction. In exchange for the donations, New danced. Her first ballet teacher, Janice Hurley of Juneau Dance Unlimited, sat in the audience and beamed. read more