Haaretz: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed members of New York’s Russian Jewish community on Sunday, praising Russian-born immigrants who have succeeded in Israeli politics, and wondering aloud if a Russian-speaking prime minister is imminent. read more.
Broadway World: On Wednesday, March 12, violinist Philippe Quint was awarded the Ambassador of Arts Award at the 16th Anniversary Gala Banquet of the Gateways Organization celebrating The Brownstone Experience. The banquet, held in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations, was attended by distinguished elected officials, world business leaders, dignitaries and over 400 prominent guests, also honoring fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin and Virginie and Mark Cohen, CEOs of Stonehouse Capital Management. read more.
NBC Olympics: Reporter Mary Carillo visits with legendary figure skating coach Tamara Moskvina and learns how Russia’s great tradition in pairs skating is inspired by the country’s historic passion for ballet. Coverage features one of RAF’s alumni of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. see more.
Denver Post: This weekend, the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy will hold auditions for its 2014 summer intensive program in New York and Connecticut. Aspiring area ballet dancers aged 9-24 who make the cut will get to hone their skills with master teachers from the Bolshoi, which is responsible for training international stars like Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky, Polina Semionova and Maria Kochetkova. read more
American Jewish World: The vast majority of you reading this article today, like me, had grandparents or great-grandparents who came to America during the Great Migration from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920. The vast majority of them came from what was designated “the Pale of Settlement,” a swath of the western part of Catherine the Great’s Russian Empire, established in the late 18th century. read more
U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Newsletter: On June 25-26, New Yorkers were treated to the annual “Battles on Ice” organized by the Russian American Foundation (RAF) as part of the 11th Annual Russian Heritage Month. In the words of RAF Vice President Rina Kirshner, “these friendship hockey games between New York City’s Bravest and Russia’s EMERCOM firefighters exemplify how the people of Russia and the United States can come together in support of each other and build special bonds which will further develop friendships of peoples, cultures and countries.” read more
The Cornwall Local: Cornwall High School sophomore Emma Schilling returned home, two weeks ago, from a six-week intensive program in Russia. She was one of only 15 dancers to be selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow through the NSLI-Y (The National Security Language Initiative for Youth) Program and the Russian American Foundation. To be eligible for the trip, Schilling had to first attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. She spent three weeks in New York City for intensive ballet training. read more
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research: The exhibition The Jews of Tsarist Russia presents for the first time in the United States scarcely known and unique pages of the photographic record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia from the collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg, Russia. read more
Dance Teacher Magazine: “That Master Class changed my life,” says Womack. “When I was asked to do the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive, it was the first time I felt like I’d won something — that I was good enough.” At 15, she moved to Moscow and now, four years later, is the first American woman to dance with the company. read more
Think Russia: This summer in New York and Connecticut, a select group of young ballet students, chosen from thousands of aspiring dancers around the world, enjoyed a rare honor: to be taught by Master Teachers from the internationally renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Their efforts culminated in a final performance on Friday, August 2, in which students showcased their skills and demonstrated how the timeless tradition of ballet can unite young people from across the globe. The BBASI program that makes this experience possible is the product of a longstanding partnership between the Russian American Foundation (RAF) and the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow. read more
USA Today: After years of training in cities from Detroit to Washington, D.C., and later in Russia, Maria Theresa Beck has become only the second American woman to graduate from the world’s most famous ballet school, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. read more
Elko Daily Free Press: From Elko to New York, New Zealand and the Czech Republic, she’s made a name for herself as a ballerina. Her journey doesn’t stop there: She’s been accepted into the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for full-time study. read more
Detroit Free Press: An 18-year-old ballerina from Canton, Precious Adams, is entering her third and final year of training in Moscow. She is on track to become the first African-American and third U.S. woman to graduate from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy. read more
RIA Novosti: Work by the prominent Russian fashion designer Slava Zaitsev is currently on display at the exhibition “RetroSpective” at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, according to the Russian American Foundation. “RetroSpective” described on FIT’s website as “spanning 250 years of fashion” features a design from Zaitsev’s 2004 “Invasion” collection, alongside other work by celebrated international designers such as Alexander McQueen and Yoshiki Hishinuma, while also displaying clothes from as far back as the 18th century. read more
Think Russia: Fifteen American students of ballet have been selected to spend the summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. This opportunity is part of a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship, awarded to the Russian American Foundation (RAF) and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. read more
RIA Novosti: To the untrained eye, ballet is a dance of the feet, the toes to be precise. But to veteran Bolshoi Academy instructor Irina Syrova, it is a dance of the spirit that transcends perfection and skill. Bolshoi ballet is “a ‘flight of the soul,’ it’s not just technique,” Syrova said before a recent class, speaking through an interpreter and offering apologies for borrowing an oft-used quote from Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Along with the necessary skills, it is this elusive distinction that Syrova and nearly a dozen other instructors from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow are working to impart this summer to a lucky handful of budding ballerinas from across the United States. read more
NTV America: In New York hockey legends met up against an assembled team of American and Russian firefighters. This year they also invited service members from Boston to the match, we go to Yulia Rydler on the ice. read more
jacksonville.com: Following the example of his older sister, Emily, James Floyd began studying dance when he was 4 years old.“It drew me in,” he said. “I liked the mental and physical emotion of it.” But it wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that Floyd, who had just finished the eighth grade at LaVilla School of the Arts, saw his future. read more
RIA Novosti: New York City firefighters skated past a team of emergency responders from Moscow Wednesday night to win the third annual “Battles on Ice,” a fiercely competitive hockey game that organizers say is about far more than the final score. “This is a fun game, an exciting game, but it will also definitely contribute to a positive dialogue between the countries,” said Russian Minister of Civil Defense Vladimir Puchkov, speaking through an interpreter in an interview with RIA Novosti. read more
CBS Detroit: It’s a dream come true for a local teen who will get the opportunity to travel to Russia to learn dance from one of the most famous ballet companies in the world. Anna Pearson of Northville won a scholarship from the U.S. State Department and The Russian-American Federation to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She is one of only 15 students across the country to win one of the prestigious scholarships. read more