In 2014, for the fifth year in a row, the Russian American Foundation was selected for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in cooperation with American Councils for International Education. This summer, RAF is pleased to design and implement the 2014 NSLI FOR YOUTH RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE RAF & BOLSHOI WAY MOSCOW SUMMER INTENSIVE.
This highly successful program allows RAF to send fifteen pre-professional students of ballet (selected from a national pool) to Moscow on an all-expense-paid six-week summer educational and pre-professional program. This comprehensive experience combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Master Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In 2014, the NSLI-Y program will take place July 12 – August 23.
RAF CONGRATULATES ITS 2014 NSLI-Y FINALISTS:
Davia Bunch, South Carolina
Anastasia Calzaretto, New Jersey
Samuel David, New York
Emily Fennell, Maryland
Leah Garman, Maryland
Caroline Kraft, Ohio
Katherine Kurata, Connecticut
Elizabeth Lindsey, Alabama
Leah Morris, Virginia
Erika Pugh, Pennsylvania
Jaya Puglise, Vermont
Sophia Sevier, Washington
McCall Sheetz, California
Safia Speer, New Jersey
Olivia Thurman, New York
For more information on eligibility, applications, and the selection process, please visit the BBASI NSLI-Y Page.
Read about participant Alana’s experience on the NSLI-Y website here.
Watch participants show off their Russian language skills and give a tour of their dormitory in Moscow here.
View more pictures from the program here.
Watch NSLI-Y participants share their experiences on NBCNews here.
Special Thanks to RAF’s NSLI FOR YOUTH Program Friends and Supporters:
Feel free to visit the NSLI for Youth websites by clicking the images below: