In The News | 2020 

October
15
2020
Rising Star Gabe Stone Shayer on Breaking Stereotypes
as a Black Male Ballet Dancer
Philadelphia Magazine: " At 14, he finally achieved his childhood dream of living internationally. He moved to Moscow, Russia to split his time between The Rock and the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy — an institute which is older than the U.S. itself — before moving there full time. At Bolshoi, he was the first Black dancer to ever attend the program and the first Black dancer to graduate at the top of his class."  Read More
October
12
2020
BBASI & NSLI-Y Alumna named Main Line Student of the Week
Main Line Times: " A senior, Brooke McCarthy is a ballet dancer extraordinaire. In her junior year, she was part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, a scholarship program funded by the State Department that involves intensive ballet and Russian language training through the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. As a rising sophomore, she participated in the Ellison Ballet Summer Intensive, and as a rising freshman she was part of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, which involved ballet technique, classical repertoire, character dance and partnering."  Read More
September
10
2020
American Ballet Theatre Promotes Gabe Shayer, BBASI Alumnus and RAF Training and Performing Scholarship Recipient, to Soloist

Dance Magazine: " This morning, in a sweeping move, ABT promoted six of its soloists—Cassandra TrenarySkylar BrandtCalvin Royal IIIJoo Won AhnThomas Forster and Aran Bell—to principal dancer. Longtime corps standout Gabe Stone Shayer is promoted to soloist.

The announcement ushers in an exciting new era of young, home-grown stars, and adds welcome diversity to ABT's top ranks."  Read More

August
20
2020
Colorado Ballet Announces 2020/2021 Season Dancer Roster
Broadway World: "Jacob Ray was born in Irvine, California and moved to Michigan at an early age. He began his dance training at age eight at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. He spent summers training at intensives such as American Ballet Theatre in Irvine and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in New York on full scholarship, receiving an invitation by academy teachers for full-time study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. In 2019, Jacob joined the Colorado Ballet Studio Company and was excited to be promoted to Apprentice in 2020."  Read More
June  
25
2020
Julian MacKay to Join San Francisco Ballet as a Principal
The Pointe Magazine: Earlier this week, San Francisco Ballet released a statement that Mikhailovsky Ballet first soloist Julian MacKay (BBASI alumnus) will be joining the company as a principal dancer for its 2021 season. He is known for being the youngest American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, completing the upper division in 2015 at age 17 and becoming fluent in Russian. Read More
Feb 
18
2020
From gaining resilience to acquiring new languages, ballet has significantly shaped Abby Zhang’s life
The Central Trend: “ 'It’s really an eye-opening experience to [attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy] because it’s just so diverse,” Abby said. “You meet people who speak all of these different languages and who have come from all these different backgrounds. And you get to dance with them, and in the end, you all are doing the same thing. You all are doing ballet together.' ”  Read More
Jan
28
2020
Local Dance Student Takes First Place in Worldwide Competition
Insider NJ: "Sophia Musal, 14, of Mount Olive also received accolades from the judges...Ms. Musal earned a spot in the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive which provides expert training for serious ballet students ages 9-14."  Read More

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