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

Kazakh.TV:  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 exposition was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Astana and lasted for more than a month. The event was held as part of the Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity program. 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

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