Year in review: Celebrating milestones, history

Denton Record-Chronicle: In October, George Chadick flew to Moscow to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy until June. Only four other students from Texas were invited to attend, and he’s among 23 students who accepted their invitations this year. read more

Bolshoi Ballerina Keeps Vow to her Mentor

CBS News: A Bolshoi ballerina is headlining this holiday season’s performances of “The Nutcracker” at Westside School of Ballet in this California beach community.Joy Womack, the first American woman to be admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet, was fulfilling a promise that she had made to her mentor, Yvonne Mounsey, a co-founder of the ballet school who died in September. In her last visit with Mounsey last summer, Womack promised to dance the role of the Sugar Plum fairy in the school’s annual holiday ballet. watch video

Teen finds perfect balance on stage

Herald Standard: With a passion for dance coupled with hard work and a degree of diligence, the 15-year-old from California honed his skill at a number of dance schools — the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Shirley Dean’s School of Ballet and Modern Dance, the Pennsylvania Southern Performing Arts Academy, the Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy and the Fayette School of Ballet. read more

Bring on the Bolshoi: Preston girl off to study at world-class ballet company in Moscow

Valley Record: Chloe, the daughter of Wade Heninger and Kristin Bennett of Preston, is well on her way toward that goal, since she began her training with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow last month. She was offered a place in the academy in September, after she unknowingly auditioned for the spot during a three-week camp, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, in Connecticut last summer. read more

Following in the Footsteps of Another’s Past

Vancouver Sun: Earlier this year, Shan auditioned for a spot with the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto, which told her that, while she danced well, she was, at 5’2”, too short. Her height, however, was not a problem for the Bolshoi, which, after Shan auditioned, awarded her a spot in its annual six-week program in New York this last summer. She did so well there the Bolshoi invited her to continue her studies in Russia. She is the only Canadian among 750 students to be invited to study at the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow this year. read more

Boy to Study Ballet with ‘the Best’ in Russia

DentonRC.com: A Denton 11-year-old is setting out today on a trip halfway around the globe to train at one of the world’s most prestigious ballet academies. George Chadick has been invited to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow through next June. Only four other students from Texas were invited to attend, and he’s among 23 students accepting their invitations this year. read more

Local Boy to Train at Russian Ballet Academy

NBC DFW: It’s the chance of a lifetime for one North Texas ballet dancer. 11-year-old George Chadick of Denton has been invited to train at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. In an industry that’s dominated by girls, Chadick holds on to a dream of his own. “To become one of the best dancers in the world. Or try to be,” Chadick said. read more and watch video

Issaquah Middle School student to study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

THE ISSAQUAH PRESS: Chloe is one of 100 international students participating in the program, ages 10-21…She was chosen after she participated in a summer intensive camp the Bolshoi held in Connecticut.“At the end of the camp, they got to choose which students they wanted to invite to go to Russia,” Chloe said, later adding, “I’m excited to learn from all of the teachers and also be able to learn from the students there.” read more

Armenian Youth Wow Audience at Carnegie Hall

Armenian Weekly: Sat., Oct. 13 was both a revelation and a celebration, as 30 young people, aged 10-18, wowed an appreciative audience, showcasing their individual musical talents. This was the fourth annual “Direct Help for Armenian People” (DHAP) performance, and this year it was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s membership to the United Nations….Dr. Svetlana Amirkhanian, thanked the parents, grandparents, and jury members who had auditioned dozens of young musicians. She introduced Marina Kovalyov, president of the Russian American Foundation, who has been a supporter of DHAP. read more

Young Preston Dancer Invited to Train With Bolshoi Ballet

NWCNews, Seattle, WA:Chloe Heninger has been following her dream to dance since she was 6 — and now that dream is taking her halfway around the world. Chloe is one of a handful of dancers from around the world invited to train with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. read more

Ballerina Nicole Zadra Chases Dance Dreams

EBONY: In August of this year, Nicole Zadra, of Irvington, New York was offered a traineeship at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Established in 1773, the institution has trained “a world class of dancers.”  Zadra, who has been learning ballet since she was four-years-old, has dreamed of being part of this legacy since watching Youtube videos of the Bolshoi when she was younger. read more

To Russia, With Love of Dance: Bolshoi Ballet Experience Opens New World for San Clemente Woman

San Clemente Times: San Clemente’s Emily Ross has been dancing since she was a toddler but didn’t start to seriously pursue ballet until she was 12. It seems to have taken. Ross, who graduated from San Clemente High School last spring, just returned to the United States after spending five weeks studying ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet, and Russian language education, as a participant of the U.S. State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth. read more

Anna Craddock headed to Moscow’s Bolshoi Academy

NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND: A 16-year old Anna Craddock from Stony Brook, NY, selected as the NSLI for Youth 2012 program finalist, is headed for a 6-week Russian language and ballet dance training to the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. watch here

A Texan in Moscow

Listen Life with Classical Music  : When Joy Womac k dances onstage at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, she feels entirely at home. Never mind that she was born and raised in California and Texas — this is where she wants to be. “Ya xochu bit Russkoi,” she says fluently. “I want to be Russian.”Read more

Bolshoi Ballet Gives Students in Middlebury a Six-week Lesson in Dance

Republican-American :  MIDDLEBURY, Conn. — The ballerinas wear name tags scrawled in Cyrillic. On the dance floor in a studio at the private Westover School in Middlebury, the action is intense, precise and unrelenting. A pianist pounds out chords in a corner, accompanying wave after wave of twirling and leaping dancers. One crop of lanky, graceful girls swiftly replaces the next.  read more

Tri-City Ballerinas Win Scholarship

Tri-City Herald : Debra Rogo, artistic director of the Mid-Columbia Ballet, is filled with pride and joy as two of her talented ballerinas advance in the dance world. read more

A Chance to Dance in Russia

THE DAILY RECORD: RITTMAN — Seventeen-year-old Allison Lapehn will study harder this summer than she has probably ever worked in her life. But for her, that’s just fine because she will spend the next nine weeks dedicating much of her life to what she loves — ballet.  read more

Seiskaya Ballet Phenom Headed to Russia

SMITHTOWN PATCH: Anna Craddock, a principal in the Seiskaya Ballet of St. James, is headed to Russia to study ballet, culture and language for six weeks at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  read more

Local Ballet Phenom Headed to Russia

ThreeVillagePatch :  Her peers might spend the summer relaxing at the beach, working a seasonal job, or taking in activities at a summer camp, but Anna Craddock has other plans.  read more

Boston Teen Ballerina Headed to Moscow’s Bolshoi

WCVB.COM: Michaela Huang Ying Vitagliano has been selected as one of 15 American high school ballet dancers to attend the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow this summer. watch video