Here is an update on some of our featured dancers...
Eli Gruska: Eli has spent the last year with The Royal Ballet School. In his own words "I am still absolutely loving TRBS and living on my own in London. The days are long (8:30 - 6) and the training is demanding, but it's the perfect place for me and the hard work is all worth it when I see the improvement. We have just barely delved into the rehearsal process for the end of the year performance on the Royal Opera House Main Stage, which is very exciting for me as it will be my first time performing there. It has been a dream of mine for ages and I can't wait for it to come true." Eli has since returned to Los Angeles for his summer break. The end of semester performance went beautifully!
Matisse Love: Matisse spent last semester training with the Bolshoi in Russia. She had been invited by the school after winning first place in their summer intensive program. She was placed in second course Russian which was extremely advanced and she was in class with all Russian girls who had been dancing at the Bolshoi since they were little. Matisse studied hard and rehearsed for her final exams which she passed when she performed on the Bolshoi stage. She loves it and feels very honored to have the opportunity to be learning and following in the footsteps of so many amazing dancers and teachers. Matisse is back in Los Angeles for her summer break enjoying the sun and friends. She turned 17 today! Happy Birthday Matisse.
Mikhael Kinley Safronoff: Mikhael has been training on full scholarship at Princess Grace of Monaco Ballet Academy in France. (His dad is French and lives there). He injured his left ankle which ended up requiring surgery in April and has recuperated well. He received a scholarship to attend the Dresden Summer Course in Germany for 2 weeks at the end of July.
Luis Delcid: Luis has been dancing with Ballet Des Moines where had roles in Nutcracker as well as other classical and contemporary pieces. He has been teaching the kids' ballet classes at the school and working part time at Dillards during the company break.
More updates to come soon on Javier, Adam, Elizabeth and Edgar