Bolshoi PREP in New York City

We celebrate the global community of young dancers and their perseverance this year! RAF is excited to be planning in-person programs for 2021. While unfortunately nationally and globally Covid-19 infections are resurgent, we do see positive trends and encouraging progress being made. Undeniably, some degree of uncertainty and program modifications will mark the path over the next months. Having said that, RAF's strong collaboration with its long-standing partners and medical professionals, as well as candid and regular communication with families, will be the formula to reunite us all!

2021  Program Dates*
July 5 - August 13, 2021

6-week session 

Culminates in an Observation Day

July 5 – July 23, 2021

3-week session

Culminates in an Observation Day

July 26 – August 13, 2021

3-week session

Culminates in an Observation Day

*All program elements, including but not limited to housing & studio capacities, end of session events, extra-curricular activities, etc., are being evaluated and planned within the context of the most current guidance of relevant health authorities. Reasonable program modifications, as well as augmented health-related protocols, should be expected.

Admission is by audition only.

The Bolshoi PREP summer intensive in NYC  is designed to provide expert training for serious ballet students (ages 9-15) through unique instruction by leading teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Bolshoi PREP is a rigorous ballet training program, conducted in Russian language with the assistance of English-speaking interpreters, designed to achieve individual progress through a focus on the clarity of technique, increased strength, and greater musicality.


Bolshoi PREP is well suited for younger dancers desiring the unmatched training opportunity with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy teachers while living in NYC for the summer.


Learn more about how the BBASI CT and Bolshoi PREP Programs compare.


Bolshoi PREP is offered primarily as a day program. (*Limited housing options are available to students who are supervised full-time by a guardian). 

At the conclusion of the Program, all participants will receive an assessment of their progress from the Academy’s teachers. Dancers exhibiting exceptional talent may be recommended for year-round study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

For questions please contact:

Jade Direnfeld - Coordinating Director, Bolshoi PREP & NSLI-Y

212 687 6118 x 201 (Through January 2021 email is the recommended form of communication.  All emails will be addressed within 1-2 business days.)



Bolshoi PREP is open to female and male students ages 9-15 years. Participants must have prior ballet training to be considered for the program.  Training is conducted through individual participation, observation, interactive participation with other participants, and hands-on corrections and demonstrations by Academy’s Teachers. Ballet classes are conducted in groups and organized by participants’ age and skill levels, as demonstrated during the audition process. Participants' level placement may be adjusted during the first few days at the exclusive discretion of the Program. Dancers applying to this program are expected to be mature, focused on achieving individual progress in ballet, and willing to work hard to obtain it within the context of a collaborative and supportive environment. 

At the conclusion of the Program, all participants receive an assessment of their progress from the Academy’s Teachers. An Observation Day will be held at the end of each session. 

Intermediate Level

Classical Technique  -  Pointe  -  Repertoire  -  Character Dance  -  Male Technique  -  Organized Warm-up*​   

(View sample schedule)

Beginner Level

Classical Technique  -  Pointe/Pre-Pointe  -  Repertoire  -  Character Dance  -  Male Technique - Organized Warm-up*​ (View sample schedule).


Extracurricular Activities:
The following optional extracurricular activities are offered after the regular daily ballet class schedule: 
  • Russian language classes twice a week at no additional cost. 

  • Injury prevention workshop at no additional cost.

  • Private classes for an additional cost and subject to availability.

*Organized Warm-up is conducted by Program staff and not by the Academy’s teachers.  Participants are welcome to follow their own warm-up routine if done in a non-disruptive manner.


No classes are conducted on the weekends.   When July 4th falls on a weekday, the regular class schedule applies.


Location: Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC


Bolshoi PREP participants will have the opportunity to study ballet in the one and only New York City! Bolshoi PREP studios are located in Manhattan’s beautiful Upper East Side. 



Hunter College:  Lexington Avenue Between 68th and 69th Streets

Marymount Manhattan College:  221 East 71st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

*As RAF does not own or operate the Program's facilities, locations may change as a result of circumstances beyond RAF’s control. The Program cannot ensure an allergen-free environment at any of these facilities.


Housing is available for PREP participants residing with full-time guardian supervision. (All housing is subject to availability and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.)  Participants must reside with and be supervised by a parent/guardian at ALL times. The Program reserves the right to adjust/modify housing assignments in accordance with availability. Specific housing assignments between MMC and YU will be made by the Program no later than May 15th.  Meal plans are not provided. Transportation costs are also not included.  Questions should be directed to Bolshoi PREP Staff – please DO NOT contact the residences directly.

A modern suite-style college residence, with each suite consisting of 2 bedrooms (doubles or quads), a bathroom (one per suite), a kitchen, and a common dining area. Two families will be assigned to each suite. Rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks, and wardrobes. The kitchen/living area has a table and chairs, a full-size refrigerator, an electric stove, and a microwave. Bedding, kitchen, and bathroom supplies are NOT provided. Amenities include common lounges and a laundry room. The building has a 24-hour security checkpoint with ID card swipe entry. The residence is within a few blocks of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, and subway stations. 


A modern studio apartment-style college residence, with 2-3 beds, a private bathroom, a kitchenette area with a small micro-fridge unit. One family will be assigned to each studio. Bedding, kitchen, and bathroom supplies are NOT provided. Amenities include common lounges and a laundry room. The building has a 24-hour security checkpoint with ID card swipe entry. The residence is within a few blocks of shopping, restaurants, supermarkets, and subway stations.


All Participants attending the Bolshoi PREP program are expected to be mature, focused, and to behave responsibly at all times.

  • Staff is available for group supervision of participants during Program hours.

  • Participants are not permitted to leave the premises of the venue during Program hours.

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Tuition & Fees 2020 (2021 Costs TBA - January)

All sessions culminate in an Observation Day.

Housing is available only to Bolshoi PREP participants residing with and under guardian supervision.  Rates are per person (based on guardian + dancer).   Read more about housing above.


Enrollment in the Program and Housing (2021 Deadlines TBA - January)

Please refer to your acceptance letter for detailed instructions.  Upon receipt of an of acceptance, log into your BBASI Dashboard and click the Enrollment tab.  To reserve your space in the program, kindly be advised of the following deadlines:

2020 BBASI Tuition Registration & Payment
2020 BBASI Housing Registration & Payment 

Friday, 3/2/2020

Wednesday, 5/1/2020  

50% Housing

Remainder of Housing Fees

Within 2 weeks of Acceptance

Friday, 4/10/2020   

50% Tuition

Remainder of Tuition Fees

(Opening January)

  • By check or wire transfer only.  Other than payments for the initial audition and/or registration deposit of $100, credit cards are not accepted.

  • Carefully review your registration invoice for important payment information.


Subject to the Cancellation Period specified in Program's Registration Contract, RAF has a no-refund policy on payments received. (FOR SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM ENROLLMENT ONLY, THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION WILL APPLY:  If prior to its start a decision will be made by RAF that an in-person Program/Session is not feasible, a full refund option of amount paid to RAF for enrollment in the 2021 Program/Session (excluding Auditions) will be offered to Participants in good standing. For all other instances, RAF's standard no-refund policy on payments received, will apply.) There are absolutely no refunds for dismissal from the Program or for voluntary withdrawal. Withdrawal from the Program, 45 days or more prior to the beginning of the 6-week session, due to a severe injury or medical condition unrelated to a pre-existing condition and directly resulting in Participant’s inability to train, may be evaluated on a case by case basis for special consideration of credit. All special consideration requests will be addressed in September following the completion of the Program. It is Participant's responsibility to submit to RAF, in September, a written statement of the request, relevant medical documentation, and physician’s attestation that the injury or medical condition is not related to a previously existing condition.  Upon receipt of stated information, RAF will determine, in its sole discretion, whether a special consideration will be granted. Requests for session changes are not guaranteed, reviewed on a case by case basis, and are subject to RAF's Refund Policy.

Given RAF’s no-refund policy, please consider obtaining insurance to protect your Program costs.  INSURANCE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BELOW AND ADDITIONAL OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH GENERAL INDUSTRY CHANNELS.  You are encouraged to research all available options.


A+ PLANS INSURANCE (U.S. Participants)

Learn more  about the plans/benefits for the A+ PLANS INSURANCE or call a toll free Customer Service number: 1 888 420 5378.


Learn more about the plan/ benefits for the ABROAD INSURANCE. Please use the following codes to identify the BBASI program: 

Organization Name: Bolshoi Ballet Academy Programs

Organization ID#: bols11

NOTE: RAF/ BBASI is NOT affiliated with the insurance companies, nor does RAF/BBASI assume any responsibilities, liabilities or make any representations regarding their products and/or services. This information is offered to all BBASI families solely on an OPTIONAL and INFORMATIONAL basis. It is the sole responsibility of each family to obtain full information regarding the costs, terms, coverage and any/all other relevant matters. Please do not contact RAF/BBASI program staff with any questions regarding the insurance as we are not authorized to make any representations and/or give out information.



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Russian American Foundation, Inc.

1560 Broadway #500, New York, NY 10036*

Tel: 212-687-6118 ext. 201 (Through January 2021 email is the recommended form of communication.  All emails will be addressed within 1-2 business days.)

Listed programs based in the United States are a partnership between New York based Russian American Foundation (“RAF”) and Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy (“Academy”). The Programs are operated by RAF, based on a ballet curriculum designed by the Academy and taught by its ballet teachers. Unless otherwise expressly stated, RAF has no affiliation with other programs operated or sponsored by the Academy in Russia or other parts of the world. The Programs are not formally affiliated with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet Company.  PROGRAM DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


*NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, implemented by the Russian American Foundation in Moscow, Russia in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Program implementation is subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  PROGRAM DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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