Dancing Bolshoi-style

The Moscow News: To the untrained eye, ballet is a dance of the feet, the toes to be precise. But to veteran Bolshoi Academy instructor Irina Syrova, it is a dance of the spirit that transcends perfection and skill. Bolshoi ballet is “a ‘flight of the soul,’ it’s not just technique,” Syrova said before a recent class, speaking through an interpreter and offering apologies for borrowing an oft-used quote from Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Along with the necessary skills, it is this elusive distinction that Syrova and nearly a dozen other instructors from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow are working to impart this summer to a lucky handful of budding ballerinas from across the United States. Read more

Russian American Foundation Sends Ballet Students to Study In Moscow

Think Russia: Fifteen American students of ballet have been selected to spend the summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. This opportunity is part of a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship, awarded to the Russian American Foundation (RAF) and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. read more

US Ballet Students Learn to Dance Bolshoi-Style

Ria Novosti: To the untrained eye, ballet is a dance of the feet, the toes to be precise. But to veteran Bolshoi Academy instructor Irina Syrova, it is a dance of the spirit that transcends perfection and skill. Bolshoi ballet is “a ‘flight of the soul,’ it’s not just technique,” Syrova said before a recent class, speaking through an interpreter and offering apologies for borrowing an oft-used quote from Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Along with the necessary skills, it is this elusive distinction that Syrova and nearly a dozen other instructors from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow are working to impart this summer to a lucky handful of budding ballerinas from across the United States. read more

 

Aspiring Jacksonville Ballet Dancer Has Summer Plans with Bolshoi Ballet Academy

jacksonville.com: Following the example of his older sister, Emily, James Floyd began studying dance when he was 4 years old.“It drew me in,” he said. “I liked the mental and physical emotion of it.” But it wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that Floyd, who had just finished the eighth grade at LaVilla School of the Arts, saw his future. read more

Northville Teen Dances With Bolshoi Ballet

CBS Detroit: It’s a dream come true for a local teen who will get the opportunity to travel to Russia to learn dance from one of the most famous ballet companies in the world. Anna Pearson of Northville won a scholarship from the U.S. State Department and The Russian-American Federation to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She is one of only 15 students across the country to win one of the prestigious scholarships. read more

Juneau youth wins ballet scholarship to Russia

Capital City Weekly: “I aspire to become a professional ballerina,” she said. As the recipient of a NSLI for Youth scholarship, Máire will have the opportunity to deepen her study with six-weeks of intensive dance and language instruction at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. read more

Home-schooled ballet dancer to study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow

Your Houston News: Madelaine Graber has loved ballet since she was a child and has always danced in one way or another since she could walk. Now, the home-schooled teen is heading for Moscow, Russia, July 13-August 24, to study with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, after receiving a scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and coordinated by the Russian American Foundation. read more.

Two PA Students have been Selected to Study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

The PhilaNews: The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce that Rachel Yinger has been selected for the prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program– funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – to spend six weeks of the summer 2013 studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more

New Milford Student Headed to Russia to Study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Litchfield County Times: Emma, who is 16, is one of 15 young dancers in the U.S. who were selected to participate in the Russian American Foundation’s (RAF) Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer training program, which was established in 2008. read more

Aspen native makes the grade in Moscow ballet

Aspen Times: Lamping, a 17-year-old Aspen native and former student and dancer with the School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, is enrolled in a professional traineeship with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She has one year left in the three-year program. read more

Dover High student will study ballet in Moscow

York Daily Record: The New York-based Russian American Foundation selected Rachel Yinger, 17, as one of 15 young dancers that will spend six weeks this summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more

Juneau sends dancers around the country and beyond

KTOO: Despite the stress and self-criticism, the girls see the upside of working hard and pursuing their passion. For New, ballet has opened doors to the Russian language. When she studied dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City last year, her teachers taught in Russian. “If you would be going across the floor and they’d yell, ‘Khorosho’. That would mean good, so that was nice to hear, and then if you were doing something wrong, they might say, ‘Net’, which means no, but they might say it multiple times; that’s really bad.” read more

Two Students Selected To Study Ballet and Language at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Hartford Courant: The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce that Emma Bergman and Natalie Hills have been selected for the prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program – funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – to spend six weeks of the summer 2013 studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more.

NSLI-Y Finalist Maire New on Juneau Afternoon

KTOO: NSLI-Y Finalist and BBASI NYC 2013 Participant Maire New was interviewed on her local radio station on Monday afternoon. listen here

Local high school student, Ariel Burde, has been selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow

Narberth-BalaCynWyd Patch: The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce that Ariel Burde of Bala Cynwyd has been selected for the prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program – funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – to spend six weeks of the summer 2013 studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more

El Paso teen chosen for summer program at renowned Bolshoi

El Paso Times:  The ultimate birthday surprise for one aspiring ballerina came after receiving a call from her mom confirming she’d been accepted into one of the oldest and most renowned ballet academies in the world. El Paso native Alana Krafsur, 17, is set to embark on a six-week ballet program at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in Moscow, Russia. read more.

Local dancer Máire New receives scholarship to study in Moscow

Juneau Empire: Juneau’s Máire New has been selected for a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and operated through the New York-based Russian American Foundation. New will spend six weeks this summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more

US Ballet Hopefuls Win Prestige Bolshoi Scholarships

RIA Novosti: Fifteen ballet students from across the United States will pirouette, jeté and plié their way to Moscow this summer to train with masters of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy after winning prestigious language scholarships, organizers announced this week. read more.

Minot dancer Bolshoi bound

Minot Daily News: Sixteen-year-old Chloe Ondracek is about to embark on a Russian adventure. Ondracek, the daughter of Jim and Pam Ondracek, of Minot, will spend six weeks this summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She is one of 15 teenagers across the country who were selected this year for the National Security Language Initiative For Youth Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Other sponsors are the Russian American Foundation and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. read more

Young Ballerina Picked For Bolshoi Training Camp

The Dalles Chronicle: “…To her surprise, Ayers-Hale was accepted to participate in the intense, six-week summer ballet program taught by professionals from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. The news came in the form of a voicemail. In her first year of auditioning for a summer intensive since her introduction to ballet at age 3, Ayers-Hale was accepted…” read more