Local Girl Dances with Bolshoi

The Loop: Through the New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) and the NSLI FOR YOUTH Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Olivia spent six weeks at the renowned academy studying Russian language, culture and ballet read more

Society: America’s and Russia’s Youth

“Ежегодно в Россию направляются отобранные на конкурсной основе лучшие американские школьники в возрасте от 15 до 17 лет, желающие изучать русский язык, литературу, познакомиться с жизнью россиян и подружиться с ними. Их пребывание полностью оплачивают спонсоры. На днях из Москвы вернулись 15 подростков. Они пробыли там полтора месяца и за это относительно короткое время научились хорошо общаться на русском языке, приобрели много друзей”, – сказала эксперт read more

Máire New Is First Alaskan to Attend Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow

Classicalite: A year later she attended the Bolshoi Ballet academy’s six-week intensive in New York in partnership with the Russian American Foundation. She returned in 2013 and was also chosen for a scholarship to study Russian culture and ballet at the Bolshoi for another six weeks read more

San Angelo Ballerina Invited to Attend World’s Most Prestigious Ballet School In Moscow

San Angelo LIVE!: With only eight American students among the over 700 enrolled at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, entrance to the historic school is extremely selective, reserved for only the most promising dancers around the world on an invite-only basis read more

An Alaskan Ballet Dancer Hones Her Craft at the Bolshoi

The New York Times: In 2012, [Máire New] attended the Bolshoi Ballet academy six-week intensive in New York, run in partnership with the Russian American Foundation. She returned the following year, when she was also chosen for a scholarship to study Russian culture and ballet abroad at the Bolshoi for another six weeks. (The program is co-sponsored by the foundation and the United States State Department.) “The goal is to break down stereotypes between our countries,” Ms. New said. “But on top of that, we had this incredible opportunity.” Those six weeks served as a kind of audition, and she was asked to return to the academy as a full-time student read more

Young dancer completes NSLI-Y program at Bolshoi Ballet Academy

AL.com: Birmingham teen Elizabeth Lindsey, 16, was able to spend six weeks this summer studying ballet, as well as Russian language and culture at the famed academy in Moscow, part of a program sponsored by the Russian American Foundation read more

Jamesport girl trained with famed Bolshoi Ballet

The Suffolk Times: “The Bolshoi is the biggest company in the world,” Ms. Kiel, a Babylon native, said. “And to have us accepted there was —” “A little bit surreal, I think, right?” Aela’s father, Gene, interjected. “I almost didn’t believe it.” read more

Young Dancers Discuss Ballet Summer Intensive

RiverheadLOCAL: Aela Bailey, 9, lives in Jamesport and attends Aquebogue Elementary School. She spent her summer with the Bolshoi Ballet’s summer intensive program in New York, steps from Lincoln Center at the LaGuardia School of Performing Arts read more

Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Speaks At 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month Opening Reception

NYC Gov: Mayor de Blasio: Dobryi vechir. I hope my practice worked. It is a joy to be with you this evening. I want to thank Marina, for her wonderful contributions, not only to this evening, but to the community, for her dedication as a founding president of the Russian-American Foundation. Let’s thank Marina for all she has done. read more. 

Bolshoi on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Tourists whipped out their cameras as six students from the Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive visited the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to photograph some of their dance moves. read more. 

TJC’s Jewish News Week in Review

The Jewish Channel: Presbyterians vote in favor of BDS; Jews across the world campaign to #bringbackourboys, the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers; renowned violinist Phillipe Quint stages a concert for the Russian American Foundation; and a peek at our “Up Close” interview with Rabbi Daniel Sperber, author of “On The Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker.” watch.

Russian American Foundation and Oberlin College

Oberlin College: This spring, the Russian department, with generous funding from OCREECAS and OCLC, held two events designed to counsel students on the wide range of career opportunities available to individuals with knowledge of Russian language and culture….The panelists included Rina Kirshner of the Russian-American Foundation (RAF), a non-profit devoted to promoting bi-lateral dialogue through initiatives in youth educational exchange in the arts and athletics. read more. 

National Arts Club–From Primitivism to Propaganda: Russia’s Modern Masters

НТВ-Америка: В Нью-Йорке в рамках фестиваля русской культуры “Наше наследие” открылась выставка русских художников авангардистов начала 20 века. Выставка продлится до 19 июня в “National Art Club”. Репортаж Юлии Райдлер. НТВ-Америка. 6 июня 2014. watch.

Russia’s Obraztsov Puppet Theatre brings ‘Extraordinary Concert’ to 92 Street Y

Examiner: Russia’s famed S.V. Obraztsov Puppet Theatre makes its English-language debut this weekend at 92nd Street Y in a program sponsored by the Russian American Foundation. The Moscow-based troupe will present an English version of its wildly popular An Extraordinary Concert, a puppet parody of inept singers, dancers, musicians and magicians that premiered in Russia in 1946 and has since been performed in hundreds of Russian cities and over 40 countries. read more. 

DeBlasio Promises New Focus on Russian Community

New York Post: Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday night promised to be “focused” on the Russian community — unlike his predecessors — while honoring some of its members at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. read more. 

New York Celebrates 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month

Russia Beyond the HeadlinesOn June 11, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing was invaded by Russians in the best possible way. Some of New York’s most illustrious Russian-Americans were on hand to open the 12th annual Russian Heritage month, which celebrates the contributions of Russian-Americans to New York City. read more

Russian American Foundation Presents AN EXTRAORDINARY CONCERT Puppet Show at 92nd Street Y, 6/21-22

Broadway WorldThe Russian American Foundation is pulling out all the strings when it proudly presents the renowned Russian puppet theater, The S.V. Obraztsov Puppet Theater of Moscow, to American audiences for the first time. The show, which is suitable for families with children 13 and over, will present its renowned puppet production of “An Extraordinary Concert”, on Saturday, June 21 at 8:30pm and Sunday June 22 at 8:00pm at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, NYC. read more.

Philippe Quint Shows Off His Address Book and His Exquisite Chops on the Violin

Lucid Culture: The bill Tuesday night at the Times Center was a casual “Philippe Quint and friends,” but these friends are in high places, musically speaking. Great players never have trouble finding similar top-level talent, but this violinist has a particularly deep address book. Introducing his own Caprices from the film The Red Violin, John Corigliano attested to Quint’s eclecticism. “He can do bluesy swing, salsa, anything you ask him to,” he marveled. Quint validated him with an alternatingly terse and sizzling performance of the plaintively neoromantic solo theme and variations, through daunting octave passages, lightning descents and nail-biting intensity as they reached a peak. read more.

Unseen Works by Russia’s Modern Masters on View at the National Arts Club in New York

Artfix Daily: Thirty-five works on paper by some of Russia’s most notable modern artists from the private collection of Marina and Nikolay Shchukin will open at The National Arts Club in New York on May 19, 2014. From Primitivism to Propaganda: Russia’s Modern Masters, curated by Matthew Drutt, showcases works by celebrated and less-known Russian artists including Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Rosalia Rabinovich, the Stenberg brothers, Nikolai Suetin, and Pavel Tchelitchew. Most of these works have never before been shown in the West. The exhibition is part of the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month®, a celebration of events and exhibits highlighting Russian culture. read more.

Russian American Foundation to Present PHILIPPE QUINT & FRIENDS Benefit Concert, 5/27

Broadway World: On Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm, the Russian American Foundation (RAF) will present “Philippe Quint & Friends,” a benefit concert hosted by the renowned Russian-American violinist at the New York Times Building’s Time Center (242 West 41st Street). The evening will feature performances by special guests such as Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, Josh Ralph, Emily Bergl, Michael Bacon, William Wolfram, the Matt Herskowitz Trio, and Quint’s own Argentine tango group, the Quint Quintet, featuring JP Jofre, Octavio Brunetti, Oren Fader, and Pedro Giraudo. read more.