In The News | Archive

Nov
13
2017
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

Oct
30
2017
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

Oct
13
2017
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 traveled to Moscow in the joint role of ballerina and diplomat to study language, culture and ballet for six weeks at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Read More

Oct
12
2017
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

Sept 
30
2017
Colonial Forge Student Studies Ballet in Moscow

Inside Now : Catherine Cata 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, Russian language instruction and immersion program, ballet training with teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and more. Read More

Sept
29
2017
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

Sept
19
2017
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

Sept
6
2017
Dance takes Seabeck teen to Russia

Kitsap Sun – Emilie Scott went to NYC for three weeks of intensive dance study with instructors from the famed Bolshoi Ballet. From there, 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 to Russia for six more weeks of dance and language immersion. Read More

Sept
5
2017
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

May
5
2017
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

Mar
1
2017
Dayla goes to the Bolshoi Dance Academy (Australia)

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

 
Nov
21
2016
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." Read More

Oct
17
2016
Granada Hills Charter High dancer to study at Bolshoi 

Los Angeles Daily News: Sana Suzuki will soon pack her slippers for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. The 9th-grade ballerina was just chosen to study full-time at the Moscow academy after showing off her ballet skills at the Bolshoi Summer Intensive. Read More

Oct
17
2016
From Puyallup to Moscow

The News Tribune: Ashley Fox, the 16 y.o. junior from Puyallup, is leaving Tuesday to study for a year at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Read More

Sept
14
2016
A Vermont Ballerina Heads to the Bolshoi
Vermont’s Independent Voice: Each year, aspiring ballet dancers audition for the Bolshoi Ballet‘s yearlong program in Moscow. Of the hundreds of dancers auditioning, perhaps eight are accepted. 16-y.o. Julia Spensley was invited to Moscow after completing the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer intensive in New York City. Read More
Sept
7
2016
Ballerina leaps into Russian culture
Santa Monica Daily Press: The Santa Monica High School student, Mary Polhemus, spent much of the summer 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. Read More
Sept
1
2016
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
Mar
7
2016
"Dancing makes me happy, no matter what I have to sacrifice"
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
Feb
26
2016
Franklin ballerina earns chance to study in Moscow
Oneonta Daily Star: A local teenage ballerina, Stella Duerden, is pirouetting her way around Russia’s capital thanks to a full scholarship provided by a New York City foundation. Read More
Jan
19
2016
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. Louisa Forney was invited to train for six months at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Read More
 
Dec
18
2015
Spruce Creek High dancer just keeps going

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Over the summer, [Alana Muldowney] spent six weeks training at the elite Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow...The Academy’s impact on her was profound. Since returning, she’s decided to study Russian in college and possibly work in international intelligence. Read More

Nov
23
2015
Brisbane teenager to dance with the Bolshoi (Australia)
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
Nov
12
2015
Libertyville dancer takes lead in Dancenter North's Nutcracker

Windy City Live: Priyana Acharya, 15, 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 and Bolshoi Ballet Academy Connecticut. Read More

Oct
27
2015
A trip of a lifetime

Unbelievable. A dream come true. The opportunity of a lifetime. That’s how 16 y.o. 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

Oct
26
2015
Muldowney Chosen for NSLI Program

Alanna Muldowney was chosen as one of 15 American high school ballet students for the NSLI- Y & 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

Oct
26
2015
Ormond Beach ballet student returns from Moscow

Muldowney was just one of 15 ballet students chosen from around the country for the NSLI-Y 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

Oct
5
2015
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 US was offered by the NSLI-Y RAF & Bolshoi Way Program, a U.S. Department of State program in collaboration with the Russian American Foundation and the Bolshoi Academy. Read More

Sep
11
2015
Shelton Resident Attend Prestigious Russian Ballet Academy

Shelton Patch: Shelton resident 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

Sep
8
2015
From Mt. Hood to Moscow

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. Read More

Sep
2
2015
LAHS student spends summer at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Los Altos Town Crier: Jillian Smith twirled her way to Moscow this summer, landing a six-week language and ballet scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Smith scored one of 15 academic and merit-based grants for ballet dancers nationwide to attend the summer school program. Read More

 
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