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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
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
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
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

InsideHalton.com: 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

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

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

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

NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

InsideHalton.com: 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

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

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

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

NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

InsideHalton.com: 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

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

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

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

NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

InsideHalton.com: 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

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

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

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

NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
Oakville ballerina headed to prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy

InsideHalton.com: 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

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

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

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

NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In The News | 2018

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

InsideHalton.com: 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
NSLI-Y: What Can I Say About Moscow?

NSLI-Y Interactive: “I’ve had a lot of time to reflect – and talk– about the experiences I have had and the things I have learned over the summer. […] It opened the world to me in unexpected and exciting ways, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities that it brings.” Read More

Aug
28
2018
Collection of Kasteyev Museum of Arts in the US

KazakhTV: “The Kasteyev Museum of Arts is closing its exhibition held in the grand gallery of the National Arts Club in New York. The collection features the Kazakh art masterpieces of the 20th century.[…] The best items of the Kazakh fine arts collection of the 1930s to 1970s of the last century revealed the culture, history and daily life of the Kazakh people to the American citizens.” Read More

July
20
2018
Kazakhstani Art Comes To New York

Caspian News: “At the Crossroads of Asia and Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the Kasteyev State Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan” opened at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, featuring more than 30 works. Included in the collection are some of the greatest examples of art from the Turkic country that were created between the 1930s and 1970s, when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. Read More

June
21
2018
Vibrant Examples of 20th Century Kazakh Visual Art to be Displayed in NYC

Kazinform: An art exhibition of masterpieces by Abylkhan Kasteyev and other prominent Kazakh artists is set to unveil in New York, Kazinform has learnt from the Kazakh Embassy in the U.S. The exhibition, themed “At The Crossroads Of Asia And Europe: 20th Century Masterpieces from the A. Kasteyev Museum of Arts in Kazakhstan”, will open doors at the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York on June 18. Read More

June 
18
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