Ballet academy

Granada Hills Charter High dancer to study at Bolshoi Ballet Academy – Daily News

GRANADA HILLS >> Fourteen-year-old dancer Sana Suzuki will soon be preparing her slippers for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

The 9th grade ballerina from Granada Hills Charter High School has just been chosen to study full-time at the Moscow academy after showing off her ballet skills at the Bolshoi Summer Intensive Trials in Connecticut. She flies to Moscow in mid-October.

Only the best of the best attend the oldest and most prestigious ballet academy.

“I remember when I started taking ballet lessons,” Suzuki, of Porter Ranch, said in a statement released by the Granada Hills Charter of her lifelong dream. “I was a shy girl, but I loved the feeling of being free, of expressing my artistic side, and I loved acting, especially on stage.

“As soon as I first saw a ballet scene performed by Russian dancers, I fell in love with their artistry, especially their upper body movements, their great fluidity and the presentation of their feet. .”

Suzuki started ballet lessons at the age of 6. Three years later, she was selected to play in “The Nutcracker”, by Joffrey Ballet Chicago, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Later, she performed with international ballet companies such as the French Ballet Preljocaj and the National Ballet of Canada.

She then began to study classical ballet in the Russian style, with a view to being accepted by the famous Bolshoi. To do this, she had to train three hours a day, seven days a week.

To complement her studies alongside her ballet schedule, she chose the iGranada program at Granada Hills Charter High, a hybrid with online classes and classroom support. The independent charter, the largest in the country, has 4,600 students, including 350 students in coeducational online studies.

“Obviously we’re very proud,” said Brian Bauer, executive director of the high charter. “She represents the best of the Granada Hills charter. We wish him the best at the Bolshoi.

She can’t wait to dance in Russia when she transfers to the famed Bolshoi, she said, but she will miss Los Angeles.

“I might struggle to speak a foreign language, I’ll miss my family and friends, my mom’s cooking and the sunny LA weather – that’s for sure!” Sana said. “But I will learn and grow by training at the (Bolshoi) academy.”