Young Achiever: Dancer trains at Bolshoi

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 some important people at the Youth America Grand Prix, which was held in France In November. 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.

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. “I remember thinking before I got on the plane, ‘This is really happening.’ I was anxious but excited,” she says in a blog post about the experience. 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. I was elated and honored when I received the scholarship to spend the summer studying Russian language and ballet in Moscow. READ MORE