The Third Wave and “Novy Amerikanetz”

The afternoon I visited the National Arts Club to see several galleries of Russian-American art, one of the galleries was set for an evening reception to honor local firemen who lost their lives. read more. 

Russian Culture in New York: 3 Extraordinary Exhibitions of Photography

The Russian American Foundation is proud to present the three exhibitions dedicated to the most intriguing events and personas of “The Third Wave” of Soviet immigration to the U.S., which brought together finest authors, artists, and musicians. read more. 

Brooklyn Nets Host Russian Coaches As Part Of SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors Of Today And Tomorrow

The Brooklyn Nets will be hosting a delegation of non-elite Russian basketball coaches as part of the SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow program, designed to promote professional exchange with their American counterparts. The delegation of 32 coaches from all across Russia will attend Thursday’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center.   read more.

‘Dancing makes me happy, no matter what I have to sacrifice’: 15-year-old ballerina from Oregon defies the odds to land a place at Russia’s prestigious Bolshoi Academy

Daily Mail: Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, one is different — thought you wouldn’t know it just by watching her dance. read more.

Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in a class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different

U.S. News & World Report: Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different. And it’s not just because of her long, swan-like neck. She is Harper Ortlieb, an American, who left her small town in Oregon to move to Moscow to follow her dream of becoming a prima ballerina. read more.

On the Bright Side: Franklin ballerina earns chance to study in Moscow

Oneonta Daily Star: A local teenage ballerina is pirouetting her way around Russia’s capital thanks to a full scholarship provided by a New York City foundation. Stella Duerden of Franklin was one of two young women invited to go to Moscow for two weeks to take dance classes and participate in the Spring Gala performance of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of ballet in the world, she said via email Thursday. read more.

Basketball ambassadors of today and tomorrow at Barclays center

Russia Beyond the Headlines: The Brooklyn Nets will be hosting the winners of a full scholarship to visit Russia as part of the SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow program, designed to promote peer-to-peer exchange between young basketball players and coaches in the US and Russia.  They will attend tomorrow’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center arena. read more.

Brooklyn Nets Host SportsUnited

Brooklyn Nets: BROOKLYN (January 19, 2016) – The Brooklyn Nets will be hosting the winners of a full scholarship to visit Russia as part of the SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow program, designed to promote peer-to-peer exchange between young basketball players and coaches in the US and Russia. They will attend tomorrow’s game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center arena. read more.

Spruce Creek High dancer just keeps going

Daytona Beach News-JournalOver the summer, [Alana Muldowney] spent six weeks training at the elite Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow after months of auditions, essay writing and interviews during the National Security Language Initiative for Youth & Bolshoi Way Program’s selection process, followed by a three-week summer intensive in New York City. . . The Academy’s impact on her was profound. Since returning, she’s decided to study Russian in college and possibly work in international intelligence. “It totally changed the path of my life,” she said. read more.

Senior Selected to Travel to Russia This Summer

In Bethel Park: Bethel Park High School senior Macie McKitrick was one of 14 American High School students who traveled to Russia this summer as an Ambassador of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth’s Russian Language and Culture Program. read more.

Navigating Food and Culture through Language

NSLI-Y Interactive: Excerpts from an interview with alumnus Archit, NSLI-Y Russia, Summer 2015. Since middle school, Archit has always liked world travel, languages, and cultures; learning about Russian language, history, music, and current events was no exception. With extended family in India, Archit was an experienced international traveler. Thus, he felt prepared for the NSLI-Y program in Moscow and his parents were supportive. read more.

Young Coastsider pursues the world

Growing up in El Granada, Robert Letters distinguished himself in performing arts. But heading into adulthood, he is blazing a different kind of distinguished path. Letters, 18, was one of 14 American high school students to spend eight weeks in Moscow in June and July as an ambassador of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Russian Language and Culture Program. read more.

A trip of a lifetime

Unbelievable. A dream come true. The opportunity of a lifetime. That’s how 16-year-old Hoover resident Katherine Free describes her summer. The blossoming ballerina spent nine weeks — three in New York City, six in Moscow — pursuing the art form she loves under the direction of the world’s most elite instructors. read more.

Muldowney Chosen for NSLI Program

Alanna Muldowney, 17, was chosen as one of 15 American high school ballet students for the National Security Language Intitiative for Youth & Bolshoi Way Program, a U.S. Department of State Program in collaboration with the Russian American Foundation and the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Russia. read more.

Ormond Beach ballet student returns from Moscow

Muldowney was just one of 15 ballet students chosen from around the country for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth’s Russian Language and Culture RAF and Bolshoi Way. The program, funded by the state, immerses the students into a summer of learning a different country’s culture and ballet. read more.

Maranda Jory: loving her sweet slice of life

The Mesa Paper: Recently, Maranda Jory completed a six-week full scholarship stint at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia, training at one of the best ballet academies in the world! It was a life-changing experience for Maranda in many ways, including her preconceived notions about Russia … and its citizens. read more

Mission accomplished: Newbury Park teen earns scholarship to study in Russia

Ventura County Star: From mid-June to the end of August, Ho spent six weeks in Moscow, where she and 13 other students from the United States were immersed in Russian language, history, culture and art. The competitive, merit-­based scholarship Ho received was granted by the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth program. read more.

Bolshoi Ballet Academy welcomes Bath Ballerina

Bath Country Journal: Instead of kicking back and relaxing for her summer vacation, Bath ballerina Anne Lewandowski had the adventure of a lifetime, immersing herself in Russian culture and dancing with the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet. The Hathaway Brown School sophomore was one of 15 young people (13 girls, 2 boys) selected to participate in the State Department­ funded program to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. There they honed their dance skills and learned the Russian language. read more

Oak Grove teen McMurrian studies ballet in Russia

Hattiesburg American: The scholarship provided to McMurrian and 14 other high school ballet students from across the United States was offered by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth RAF & Bolshoi Way Program, a U.S. Department of State program in collaboration with the Russian American Foundation and the Bolshoi Academy. read more

Shelton Resident Attends Prestigious Russian Ballet Academy

Shelton Patch: Shelton resident and Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology student Dominika Tomczyk returned from a summer study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Dominika said the opportunity was magical especially after working her way back up to full strength after a stress fracture in 2014. read more.