In today’s political climate, coming together as a people, not bound by race, color or gender, is more important than ever. One organization has been striving to bridge the gap between cultures for 20 years, and it’s right here in our own back yard. Over the past 20 years, the Russian American Foundation (RAF) has aimed to connect people of all backgrounds through a variety of shared interests and values. Read more.
The Examiner: A ballet dancer has pirouette her way into a six-week placement that no other Tasmanian has ever been offered. Dayla Bowman, 12, will fly to the US in June to participate in a workshop with the Bolshoi Dance Academy Intensive Program, specifically designed to increase individual progress. read more.
Aiken Standard: Partnering is a skill that Maddox honed during her time with Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive this past July and August. “It was the first really big intensive that I’ve gotten into,” Maddox said. “It really shocked me, and I was really excited.” read more.
The News Tribune: Ashley Fox doesn’t look that different from the other ballet students waiting for class at Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre…But something is about to set her apart from your average American teenager: The 16-year-old junior from Puyallup is leaving Tuesday to study for a year at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (formerly Bolshoi Ballet Academy), one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Daytona Beach News-Journal: Over 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.
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.