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Greenwich Ballet Academy Student Receives Scholarship To Study Abroad

Olivia Thurman, a Mamaroneck resident, completes her stay Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
Olivia Thurman, a Mamaroneck resident, completes her stay Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Photo Credit: Contributed
Thurman attends the Covent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich.
Thurman attends the Covent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Contributed
Thurman studied language, culture and ballet in Moscow.
Thurman studied language, culture and ballet in Moscow. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Ballet Academy has announced that Olivia Thurman, a 16-year-old Mamaroneck resident who earned a scholarship for a six-week training program at Bolshoi Ballet Academy, recently completed the program.

Through the New York-based Russian American Foundation and the NSLI For Youth Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Thurman spent six weeks at the renowned academy studying Russian language, culture and ballet.

Thurman attends the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich. She lives in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

“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 Thurman, 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.

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