NEWMARKET — Five talented dancers from Newmarket’s Russian Ballet Academy competed in the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals. These student-dancers have been working for more than a year to participate in the 20th anniversary season of the largest international ballet competition in the world. The event took place over three days at John Hancock Hall in Boston, where contestants from more than 50 dance schools, hailing from as far away as Beijing, China, gathered to showcase their art form.
There were over 700 performances, with dancers awarded in four different categories. Adrienne Milhouser, 11, was unfazed by those odds when she made her dance debut at this year’s YAGP. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, she managed to place in the top 12 in the Contemporary Dance category.
Ashley Kaichen, 11, represented the Academy for a third consecutive season. In 2017 and 2018, she placed in the top 12 in the Ballet category. This year, with unwavering passion and diligent dedication to her training, she managed to place in the top 12 in the ballet and contemporary dance categories. Both dancers are in the 2nd year of the Russian Ballet Academy’s pre-professional training program and continue to show great promise in the world of dance.
The Academy offers open registration to dancers who can enroll at any time of the year. This program allows for a smooth transition through the levels where each dancer moves on to the next level after showing an overall understanding of the required technique. Pupils are aged from 2 and a half years to adults. The Academy also offers intensive summer courses as well as programs throughout the year.
For more information, contact the Russian Ballet Academy at (603) 978-9876 or [email protected]