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

My Unforgettable NSLI-Y Experience

NSLIY Interactive: It all began at the JFK Airport when our group of thirteen in matching green t-shirts waited anxiously for the plane. I remember thinking before I got on the plane to Russia, “this is really happening.” It was going to be my first time abroad and I was anxious but excited not knowing what Russia held for me. READ MORE.

Local ballerina returns from summer training in Russia

Free Lance-Star: For Catherine Cata, the worlds of ballet and international relations share a deeply entwined relationship. This summer, the 17-year-old ballerina from Stafford County traveled to Moscow in the joint role of ballerina and diplomat to study language, culture and ballet for six weeks at the prestigious Moscow State Academy of Choreography, more commonly known as the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Read more.

Colonial Forge Student Studies Ballet in Moscow

Inside Now –Northern Virginia’s Leading News Source: Catherine Maria Cata, a student at Classical Ballet of Fredericksburg, was awarded a U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Russian Language and Culture Full Scholarship six-week summer program to Moscow, Russia. The Russian American Foundation scholarship included: travel expenses, full room and board, Russian language instruction and immersion program, ballet training with teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy and more. read more.

Dance takes Seabeck teen to Russia

Kitsap Sun – Emilie Scott went to New York City in July for three weeks of intensive dance study with instructors from the famed Bolshoi Ballet. Heady stuff, huh? For the Klahowya Secondary School sophomore, though, that was just the beginning. From New York, Scott — the recipient of an NSLI for Youth scholarship administered through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Russian American Foundation — flew back to Russia with the Bolshoi entourage for six more weeks of dance and language immersion. Read more.

From Russia with love: Aiken dancer spends summer studying ballet with the Bolshoi

Aiken Standard:  Aiken Civic Ballet dancer Sydney Maddox, 17, spent part of last summer and this summer in New York City for a dance intensive with instructors from the Bolshoi Ballet. This year, she took the experience – and her studies – a step further and also trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Read more.

From Russia With Love- With A New York State Of Mind

Once you get past the hustle and bustle, fast pace moving spirit of the city life of being in New York, it will take you no time to call it home. New York City by itself is something special. This beautiful metropolis is home to some 19,378,102 people from various ethnic backgrounds. Read more.. 

Russian Heritage Month Observed

Voices of NY: In mid-July, the Russian American Foundation wraps up its 15th annual Russian Heritage Month celebrations in New York City. Exhibits, performances, readings and other events mark the annual festival, which aims, according to the foundation to show “the legacy and achievements of the First, Second and Third Waves of the Russian-speaking émigrés from former Soviet Republics to the United States. Read more.