Adam, Eli, Matisse, Luis, Mikhael, Elizabeth and Edgar
Since filming Getting to The Nutcracker:
Adam Bernstein: Trained on full scholarship in New York City with the performing company of the Joffrey Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group. He competed at Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and was offered a full scholarship for the summer intensive at Nederlands Dans Theater in the Hague. He then attended the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm where he was soon invited to the NuDans residency program at GoteborgsOperans Danskompani in Goteborg, Sweden. Since Adam is no slouch, he simultaneously graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and applied to and was accepted at Columbia University. He has deferred his admission. Finally, Adam was named a 2015 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and is currently a member of Ballet Junior de Geneva in Switzerland.
Eli Gruska: Attended the Royal Ballet School in London for summer session where he was offered a full time place in their three year diploma program. He is thrilled and honored to be studying there as this has been his dream for as long as he can remember. He is very grateful to Mr. Marat, Miss Hasmik, Miss Stella and Miss Andi for the excellent training during his years at the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet that made where he is now possible.
Luis Delcid: Was accepted on full scholarship at The Rock School for Dance Education and The Kirov Academy of Washington D.C. During his time at The Kirov Academy, Luis was the first student to showcase his own choreography. After graduating, Luis moved back to Los Angeles to work with the Los Angeles Ballet as a teacher and choreographer. Luis was part of Tulsa Ballet's second company during the 2014 - 2015 season and is now eager and excited to dance with Ballet Des Moines while also teaching at the School of Classical Ballet and Dance.
Elizabeth: Competed at YAGP 2014 in San Francisco where she received 1st place in the Senior Women's Category and top 12 in 2015 in Denver for classical Dance. She is currently training with Ms. Olga Tozyiakova in preparation for joining Ballet West as a trainee in January 2016 where she has received a full merit scholarship. She is excited and hopeful to soon be part of their company. She plans to complete all of her academic high school requirements by fall 2015 at Beverly Hills High School.
Mikhael: Is currently on full scholarship in Monte Carlo, France at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace. He will be performing in this season's Nutcracker with Ballets De Monte-Carlo. Mikhael hopes to eventually join The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera, ABT, or Zurich Ballet. The Ballets De Monte-Carlo's Nutcracker performances will be broadcast live on December 30th. Here is a link for more information: Mikhael
Edgar: Spent the last couple of years doing ballroom dancing. He is currently in rehearsals to dance the role of Prince in this season's Nutcracker Ballet with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre. He continues to train with Marat Daukayev at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet.
Matisse: Was the Cinderella ballet model for the Marinsky production of Cinderella in Los Angeles this past October. Last summer, she received a full scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet's summer intensive where she garnered a 1st place prize dancing the role of Paquita and the pas de deux from Corsaire to train and perform in their spring gala. From there she was offered a spot to study with the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow starting February 2016. She plans to continue her studies from Russia online so she can graduate from Beverly Hills High School with her class. Til then, she continues to train with Marat Daukayev and will again perform the role of Sugarplum in this season's Nutcracker with the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre. She is "very grateful to Marat and Pamela for all of the incredible opportunities and amazing training."
Javier: Is at The School of Dance in Ottawa, Canada in their "professional program". He is now 11 years old and is taking 7 classes per week. He is thrilled to be dancing the role of "Dieter" (Masha's naughty little brother) in this year's Nutcracker production with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.