16-year old Olivia Thurman of Mamaroneck ,spent part of her summer at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. 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.
“We are extremely proud of Olivia and all of her hard work,” said Yuri Vodolaga, Artistic Director, of the Greenwich Ballet Academy. “She has represented what we aspire to do at Greenwich Ballet Academy with poise and confidence, and her experience will help further her career in both ballet and academics. I can’t believe how well she is now speaking Russian! Olivia inspires our other students, and sharing her experiences with them will help them all in their journeys not only as dancers, but as applied young people.”
Fifteen young dancers were included in the six weeks of training in Moscow. Through the Russian American Foundation (RAF)’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive program, the students participated in three weeks of intensive ballet training in New York City. After the Intensive Program, the students, including Olivia, traveled to Moscow to spend six weeks of training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, while also studying the Russian language four hours a day, history, arts, and culture. The Bolshoi Ballet Academy has a 240-year history and is known as one of the oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training in the world. The Academy has produced numerous world-class dancers, teachers, and choreographers.
Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) dancer Elisabeth Beyer of Rye, NY, age 11, danced herself into second place in the prestigious regional competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in Providence, RI. As part of the pre-Competitive Division, Beyer performed three of her variations to win her second place which qualifies her for the finals. She also earned a scholarship to a noted training program in New York City.
~ Greenwich Real Time blog.ctnews.com, July 23, 2014
Serendipity’s Annual Best in Fairfield and Westchester County Magazine hits the newsstands on January 16. Greenwich Ballet Academy has been voted the best ballet program in both counties.
~ Serendipity, January 16, 2014
Young students with an interest in ballet will have an opportunity to audition for the Greenwich Ballet Academy spring semester on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m. …
~ Stamford Daily Voice, January 9, 2014
Visions of Sugarplums: Greenwich Ballet Academy dancers prepare for their parts in annual “Nutcracker”
Seventy young dancers of the Greenwich Ballet Academy (GBA) perfected their plies and aced their arabesques recently as they prepared for their upcoming performances of “The Nutcracker,” which will be held tomorrow and Sunday afternoon at the Greenwich High School auditorium. …
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~ Greenwich Citizen, December 4, 2013
Now that the holiday season is here, what better way to mark it than with a performance of the legendary ballet The Nutcracker right here in Greenwich….
~ Greenwich Post, December 6, 2013
Elisabeth Beyer, an 11-year-old from Rye, will perform in The Greenwich Ballet Academy production of “The Nutcracker” Saturday and Sunday December 7 and 8 at 3 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively….
~ Rye Record, December 5, 2013
Greenwich Ballet Academy – June 15, 2013 Gala Performance
Our summer gala performance of Divertissements and Excerpts from La Bayadere was beautifully highlighted this weekend on News Channel 12.
Thank you to the Channel 12 videographer and producer for another wonderful segment on our school.
~ Greenwich Daily Voice, June 15, 2013
~ Greenwich Post, May 20, 2013
12 on Schools: Greenwich Ballet Academy [Video]: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev recently taught a master class at Greenwich Ballet Academy.
~ News 12 Connecticut, May 6, 2013
Thanks to News Channel 12 for their wonderful piece on GBA. We appreciate the hard work that the Director and Videographer put in to create this story about our Master Class.
~Greenwich Post on April 29, 2013
~ Greenwich Patch, April 25, 2013
~ 365 Port Chester, Port Chester’s Free Daily Internet Newspaper, April 25, 2013
~ Port Chester Roundup, April 24, 2013
~ PRLog (Press Release), April 24, 2013
~ Greenwich Daily Voice, April 11, 2013