In The News | 2018/2019

Beal City High School student studies Russian and ballet in Moscow on scholarship 
The Morning Sun: " 'It was a wonderful experience,' Rosalie's father, John, said. 'She received acknowledgement from Senator Stabenow and had a condensed and intense exposure to Russian culture, Russian language, and of course Russian food.' ”  Read More
Nov
1
2019
Tiptoeing through Moscow
Adirondack Daily Enterprise: "Dellice Chase loves to travel, but Russia had never popped up on her list of places to visit. But after months of interviews, written exams and even more interviews, Dellice was going to Russia.”  Read More
Sept
21
2019
Ballet dancer travels to Russia to dance
NBC5: "Dellice Chase danced in six-week program at Bolshoi Ballet Academy... “It was such an amazing experience. It's a chance of a lifetime I feel like, because the Bolshoi is so world renowned. Just being able to dance with them was an incredible experience,” - Chase said.”  Read More
Sept
10
2019
From Saranac Lake to Moscow: ballet, new friends and learning Russian
North Country Public Radio: “A Saranac Lake high school student got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer to study ballet at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Dellice Chase, 16, was the only New York State resident in a group of 14 high school students chosen for the six-week cultural immersion program in Russia.”  Read More
Sept
6
2019
Wilmington student awarded NSLI-Y scholarship
StarNews Online: “Maisie Boren, an Isaac Bear high school student, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2018-19 by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Maisie studied Russian in Moscow, Russia this summer.”  Read More
Aug
23
2019
From "до свидания" to new friendships
NSLI-Y Interactive: Only after a short period of 6 weeks, my Russian improved greater than I ever imagined. Russian remains difficult, but it becomes easier and more comfortable to digest, especially when you have the supportive and encouraging community I found during the NSLI-y Russian summer program.  Read More
Aug
20
2019
Joven boricua vive una experiencia única en Rusia
Primerahora: “Para el joven Alihelmael Avilés Sánchez, los boricuas deberían ser algo así como abejas: ir a diversos lugares, extraer lo más que puedan, regresar a casa y polinizar al país para que florezca.”  Read More
Aug
18
2019
BBASI Alumni Featured at YAGP's 20th Anniversary Gala
“It’s cliché to say, but it really connects the young generation with amazing opportunities and possibilities,” said ABT’s Gabe Stone Shayer before taking his seat. “I, myself, through YAGP trained at the Bolshoi Ballet academy in Russia.”  Read More
April
19
2019
Dancing to new opportunities
“I’m just really excited for Bolshoi this summer,” Lily said. “I was really surprised about getting into it because it’s one of the most elite summer programs.”  Read More
April
4
2019
Vaganova: Strong and Controlled
New York City Ballet soloist Indiana Woodward recently told the New York Times that training with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy was one of her life-changing moments..."Vaganova technique is the foundation of practically all recognized ballet training," says Marina Leonova, dean of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and artistic director of the summer programs in New York and Connecticut.  Read More
Dec
12
2018
OHS Teen finds passion in ballet
Over the summer, Barr spent six weeks in New York City participating in an intensive training academy conducted by the Bolshoi Ballet in Russian with translators. Barr said he learned a lot from the experience, for which he had to audition and be chosen, and enjoyed having the experience of living in New York City.  Read More
Dec
9
2018
A Celebration of Dance (New Zealand) 
Year II student Jadyn Bagayas: "The teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia were fantastic! I learned so much from them and felt that my dancing was improving." Read More
Oct
27
2018
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

She was 10 and dancing the coveted role of Clara in The Nutcracker, when Rachel Mortensen realized she could accomplish anything she put her mind to. Read More

Oct
2
2018
NCHS senior, ballerina, reflects on six weeks in Moscow

NEW CANAAN LIVING: “This time last year, Ava Edmonds was only just beginning to consider applying for the Russian American Foundation (RAF) and Bolshoi Way Program.” Read More

Sept
13
2018
Cedar Grove Student Studies Ballet In Russia Over Summer Vacation

PATCH.COM: “Diana Mastellone, a high school senior who lives in Cedar Grove, may have your “what I did this summer” story beat. Mastellone, a senior at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, recently spent six weeks studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.” Read More

Sept
5
2018
Lincoln ballerina studies in Moscow

KLNKTV.COM: “I’ve always loved ballet and always wanted to dance at the Bolshoi Ballet ever since I was a little girl,” Anneliese Hinrichsen said. At 16 years old, the Southwest High School student fulfilled that dream. Read More

Sept
4
2018
How to Have Your Best Summer Intensive Ever

Dance Spirit: “Be prepared to encounter dancers who are much stronger than you,” says Rina Kirshner, director of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer programs. “Being in a program where you’re not the best allows you to learn not only from the teachers but from your fellow dancers, too.” Read More

June
12
2018
Young Achiever: Dancer trains at Bolshoi (England)

The Royal Gazette: Pirouettes in Paris helped Leia Ratteray-Drover to land a prestigious summer ballet placement. Leia’s performance of an excerpt from Sleeping Beauty caught the attention of the Youth America Grand Prix, which was held in France. For her presentation, Leia was recognised with a scholarship to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City this summer. Read More

Apr
2
2018
NSLIY - Altering Misconceptions

NSLI-Y Interactive: “One of the unexpected realizations during my trip to Moscow surfaced when we visited Russia’s main media source known as TASS. One of their senior journalists spoke to us about the organization’s history and mission. Afterwards, he offered us an opportunity to ask questions which was exciting yet, slightly intimidating.” Read More

Mar
27
2018
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre promotes 3 dancers to soloist 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ms. Schmidt, a Florida native, was hired by PBT in 2012 and trained in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s graduate program before she joined the company. Other training was with Central Florida Ballet Academy and summer intensives at Miami City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Jacob’s Pillow. Read More

Mar
16
2018
A New Juliet Blooms as a Ballerina

The New York Times:  Indiana Woodward has had two life-changing moments in her relatively young career. One was a summer spent at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow when she was 15. Read More

Feb 
21
2018
For the love of dance, an American ballerina visits Russia

Share America:  Catherine Cata, a 17-year-old ballerina from Stafford, Virginia, recently got the chance to study with the world’s best dancers. Invited to spend six weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet dancing and studying the Russian language, Cata felt some stage fright. Though used to the rigors of ballet training, she wasn’t sure what to expect in Moscow.  Read More

Jan
18
2018
An Unforgettable Summer

NSLI-Y INTERACTIVE: Здравствуйте! Меня зовут Ревека. Мне восемнадцать лет, и я живу во Флориде. (Hello! My name is Rebekah. I am eighteen years old and I live in Florida.) NSLI-Y was a wonderful and life-changing experience for me. I never imagined how much I would see and learn in six weeks. Read More

Jan
3
2018
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