Jamesport girl trained with famed Bolshoi Ballet

The Suffolk Times: “The Bolshoi is the biggest company in the world,” Ms. Kiel, a Babylon native, said. “And to have us accepted there was —” “A little bit surreal, I think, right?” Aela’s father, Gene, interjected. “I almost didn’t believe it.” read more

Young Dancers Discuss Ballet Summer Intensive

RiverheadLOCAL: Aela Bailey, 9, lives in Jamesport and attends Aquebogue Elementary School. She spent her summer with the Bolshoi Ballet’s summer intensive program in New York, steps from Lincoln Center at the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts read more

Bolshoi on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Tourists whipped out their cameras as six students from the Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive visited the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to photograph some of their dance moves. read more. 

American Ballet Dancers, Maria Beck and Gabe Shayer Train Russian Style

Moscow Expat Life: Maria Beck and Gabe Shayer, two Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive alumni, discuss Russian ballet training.  read more.

Art on Ice: Russia’s Passion for Ballet and Figure Skating

NBC Olympics: Reporter Mary Carillo visits with legendary figure skating coach Tamara Moskvina and learns how Russia’s great tradition in pairs skating is inspired by the country’s historic passion for ballet.  Coverage features one of RAF’s alumni of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. see more.

Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Auditions Coming to Denver

Denver Post: This weekend, the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy will hold auditions for its 2014 summer intensive program in New York and Connecticut. Aspiring area ballet dancers aged 9-24 who make the cut will get to hone their skills with master teachers from the Bolshoi, which is responsible for training international stars like Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky, Polina Semionova and Maria Kochetkova. read more.

The Language of Dance

National Security Language Initiative for Youth – Participant Story: Alana has studied ballet for thirteen years and hopes to become a professional ballet dancer.  At an audition for an intensive summer ballet program, she heard about the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program implemented by the Russian American Foundation (RAF).  This program combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Master Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  For Alana, this program was the perfect opportunity to combine two of her greatest interests – Russian ballet and the Russian language.  read more.

Crítica de danza de “El Cascanueces”: Tradición que se consolida

La Nación: [BBASI student Lucía Passuello, of the Escuela de Ballet Clásico Ruso Costa Rica, plays Clara in the annual production of “The Nutcracker”.] De nuevo  como en muchas capitales del mundo en esta temporada, se ha programado el espectáculo El Cascanueces . Este clásico navideño se viene bailando desde el año 2008, en el Teatro Nacional, dirigido por las maestras y coreógrafas Patricia Carreras y María Amalia Pendones, quienes con la partitura de Piotr Ilich Chaikovski, se inspiraron en la versión de V. Vainonen y nos ofrecen una puesta en escena de calidad. Recordemos que este ballet cuenta con el argumento del cuento de E. T. A. Hoffman read more

A Love to Dance

92130 Magazine: This is the second year Jenna [Alvarez] has attended the summer intensive program and because of such intensive training under the direction of master teachers from BBA [Bolshoi Ballet Academy], Jenna has greatly improved her skills in flexibility and the art of ballet. read more

Dancer Returns from Russia

The Cornwall Local: Cornwall High School sophomore Emma Schilling returned home, two weeks ago, from a six-week intensive program in Russia.  She was one of only 15 dancers to be selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow through the NSLI-Y (The National Security Language Initiative for Youth) Program and the Russian American Foundation.  To be eligible for the trip, Schilling had to first attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive.  She spent three weeks in New York City for intensive ballet training. read more

Joy Womack: An American in Russia

Dance Teacher Magazine: “That Master Class changed my life,” says Womack. “When I was asked to do the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive, it was the first time I felt like I’d won something — that I was good enough.” At 15, she moved to Moscow and now, four years later, is the first American woman to dance with the company.” read more

Detroit teen joining Russian ballet troupe

Lansing State Journal:  After years of training in cities from Detroit to Washington, D.C., and later in Russia, Maria Theresa Beck has become only the second U.S. woman to graduate from the world’s most famous ballet school, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

That begins to reverse the decades-long trend of notable Russian dancers who bolted from what was then the Soviet Union to find artistic and commercial success in the U.S., said Rina Kirshner, vice president of the New York City-based Russian American Foundation. The foundation aims to enhance ties between the two countries and worked with both governments to open up Russian ballet academies to U.S. students. read more 

Canton teen blazes trail at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Chron.com: An 18-year-old ballerina from Canton, Precious Adams, is entering her third and final year of training in Moscow. She is on track to become the first African-American and third U.S. woman to graduate from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy. read more

BOLSHOI PROGRAM OFFERS STUDENTS RARE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY, CULTURAL DIALOGUE

Think Russia: This summer in New York and Connecticut, a select group of young ballet students, chosen from thousands of aspiring dancers around the world, enjoyed a rare honor: to be taught by Master Teachers from the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.  Their efforts culminated in a final performance on Friday, August 2, in which students showcased their skills and demonstrated how the timeless tradition of ballet can unite young people from across the globe. The BBASI program that makes this experience possible is the product of a longstanding partnership between the Russian American Foundation (RAF) and the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow. read more

Third American Bolshoi Graduate Set for Russian Troupe

USA Today: After years of training in cities from Detroit to Washington, D.C., and later in Russia, Maria Theresa Beck has become only the second American woman to graduate from the world’s most famous ballet school, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more

Elko to Moscow: Streiff to train at Russian academy

Elky Daily Free Press: From Elko to New York, New Zealand and the Czech Republic, she’s made a name for herself as a ballerina. Her journey doesn’t stop there: She’s been accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for full-time study. Read more

Canton teen Precious Adams blazes trails at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Detroit Free Press: An 18-year-old ballerina from Canton, Precious Adams, is entering her third and final year of training in Moscow. She is on track to become the first African-American and third U.S. woman to graduate from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Read more

 

American dancers engage in bi-cultural ‘Turning Point’

Russia Beyond The Headlines: A U.S.-funded ballet and language program hopes to improve the image of Russian ballet while warming relations through exchange. Read more and watch video

Teen to live every dancer’s dream

Idaho State Journal: The 14-year-old son of Emily and Justin Sanders received an invitation to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy on Aug. 7. It’s been a flurry of activity for Issac and his family ever since. Read more

Балетная дипломатия в Нью-Йорке (Ballet Diplomacy in New York)

RTVi: В самом центре Линкольн-центра в Нью-Йорке, одна большая мечта объединяет молодых дам и людей, проходящих обучение в Летней Интенсивной Программе Академии Большого Балета – танцевать на сцене Большого Театра. Видео

In the heart of the New York Lincoln center, one big dream unites the young ladies and men enrolled in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive – to dance on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Watch video (in Russian)