Ballet academy

Arianna Lawson from Scarborough, Maine invited to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Like many 16-year-olds, Arianna Lawson spends the last weeks of summer taking driving lessons. She’s also trying to figure out how to get to Moscow this fall, where she’s been invited to study at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the Bolshoi Ballet’s foster school. The Scarborough teenager learned less than two weeks ago that she […]

Ballet dancer

Heading West: A Chinese Ballet Dancer Looks Back

When Mikhail Baryshnikov left the Soviet Union in 1974, it was a major news event, bringing the world’s attention to both ballet dancer and ballet. But he was not the only dancer to leave a communist country and settle in the West at this time. Li Cunxin (pronounced Lee TZWUN-sheen) left her home in rural […]