Ballerina returns home to Rockaway after summer in Russia

The Record: Morris Knolls High School Senior Kaitlyn DalBon, 17, of Rockaway, is one of 13 American high school ballet dancers welcomed home by the New York-based Russian American Foundation. Read more.

A Vermont Ballerina Heads to the Bolshoi

Vermont’s Independent Voice – Seven Days: Each year across the United States, aspiring ballet dancers don their best tights to audition for a spot at the Bolshoi Ballet‘s yearlong trainee program in Moscow, Russia. Of the hundreds of dancers auditioning, perhaps eight are accepted. This year, one of those dancers is from Jericho: 16-year-old Julia Spensley. She was invited to Moscow after completing the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s summer intensive in New York City last month. Read More.

Ballerina leaps into Russian culture

Santa Monica Daily Press:  Mary Polhemus has an interesting story to tell to her peers about what she did this summer.The Santa Monica High School student spent much of it in Moscow through a State Department program that aims to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia while providing youths with intensive ballet training. Polhemus was one of 13 participants in the program, a joint effort of the U.S. government, the New York-based Russian American Foundation and the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Read More.

When It Comes To Business, Relations Between Russia And The U.S. Are Surprisingly Strong

Forbes: Organizations like the Russian American Foundation – created in 1997 to promote cultural exchange – support a raft of valuable initiatives, from Bolshoi Ballet Academy classes in the U.S. this summer, to sports and educational exchanges. Programs like these give me great optimism for an ongoing, healthy relationship between our two nations. Read More.

Ballet Treasures From The Treasure State

The Washington Post: … Julian’s career took flight in 2009 after a six-week program with teachers from the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. It was part of a Russian American Foundation effort to bring promising homegrown students to Moscow. Read More.

Organ Recital Concert in New York

Russia Beyond The Headlines: Russian American Foundation is concluding its 14th Annual Russian Heritage Month® with the organ recital concert entitled “Quo Vadis? Камо Грядеши?”. The concert will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, New York on Friday, July 1, at 2:00 PM. Read More.

The Third Wave and “Novy Amerikanetz”

The Jewish Week: 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: Three Extraordinary Exhibitions of Photography

Russia Beyond The Headlines: 31 May – 11 June, 2016. 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

NBA.COM: 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

TheDailyStar:  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.