September 1st

I’m back at the academy! I arrived yesterday after 20 hours of travel time. I can’t sleep because of time change (11 hour difference!) I moved all my stuff into my new room (I over packed as usual) My new roomate is Elizabetta she’s my friend from last year so I already know we will get along just fine. Also I love my room the perks: space, good cabinets, close to the bathroom, lounge in front, good mattress and no leaking ceiling haha. It feels strange without the people from last year, almost all of my close friends did not return so it seems incomplete here without them. They’re renovating the 1st floor and theatre so the opening ceremony won’t be until the 2nd and classes start the 3rd. Sadly summer is officially over in Russia so much rain! I was hoping I’d have a month of no gloominess haha oh well! Today I’m just going to buy groceries and toiletries then rest up before everything begins!


End of year results and upcoming plans

I finished my first year at the academy June 8th! It was the an amazing experience filled with struggles only dancers can relate to, achievements as stressful as they were rewarding and memories you can’t capture in a picture or video.
My exams were all within the same week including ten hours worth of Russian language finals! I passed my acting, historical dance, character dance, classical dance, and Russian language exams. I also had final scores in gymnastics, contemporary, make up and repertoire. To be honest the last months were the most stressful for me because everything I had worked on that year led up to those exams. I put so much pressure on myself because I knew how much I wanted to be invited back! It was the greatest feeling afterwards to know I had made the grade and was coming back in September!
My last week in Moscow was awesome, no pressure, no responsibilities (at least for a little while ha-ha)! The weather was nice and we got to be normal kids with our friends going to movies, walking in the parks, eating ice cream and having sleepovers!
As people started leaving for summer break I realized I wouldn’t see some of them for a long time and others I might not see ever again. For especially the graduates, who are now going off into the world with amazing careers, I’m thankful to at least have been a blip in their lives at МГАХ.
In June I packed up my room, said my goodbyes, grabbed my summer clothes and flew home to California! After 5 weeks on vacation, which included media interviews, daily trips to the gym with my grandpa, physical therapy at Body Concepts and chiropractic with Dr. Al, I’m back dancing at the BBASI in NYC for 3 weeks with my teachers and friends from Moscow! I am so fortunate to be able to attend this year and I am so thankful Russian American Foundation continues to fund and organize this life changing opportunity.
P.S. I received my new contract and visa invite yesterday! I think my mom has a new ulcer after looking at how much money is due in mid August! (Sorry Mommy!) If I can figure out money for tuition and flights, I’ll return September 1st for another hard year of work.


De shanking pointe shoes  #getting #ready #for #exams #ballet #classes #hard #work #no #pain #no #gain #academy #мгах  (at МГАХ)

De shanking pointe shoes #getting #ready #for #exams #ballet #classes #hard #work #no #pain #no #gain #academy #мгах (at МГАХ)


Acting class today #blind #taxi #skit #preparing #for #exams #soon #excited #scared #мгах

Acting class today #blind #taxi #skit #preparing #for #exams #soon #excited #scared #мгах


Danced in the spring concert audition last night! Such an honor to be given the opportunity. But also relieved to have less stress! Now I can focus on exams…


Update

I’ve been so busy I forgot to write. I was able to go home during winter for Christmas! It was so nice to see my family and friends! But after awhile I was missing ballet. Winter semester started the 14th of January and all of the teachers are taking it full speed now preparing us for May/June exams! Exciting and tiring at the same time. My class has been working on variations for the spring concert auditions. Which is tomorrow so I’m rehearsing like crazy! Russian Language classes are as hard as ever. Our last Russian exam was 8 hours long! Last week my classmates and I decided on our classical exam leotards! I’ve been exploring new places in Moscow like parks and restaurants. The days are becoming longer and the sun is coming out! so beautiful!


Gymnastics class today #fun #times #stretching #no #pain #no #gain #lol #academy #мгах #moscow

Gymnastics class today #fun #times #stretching #no #pain #no #gain #lol #academy #мгах #moscow


Русский язык класс #bad #day #in #russian #language #hard #teacher #story #of #my #life #lol

Русский язык класс #bad #day #in #russian #language #hard #teacher #story #of #my #life #lol


Late night sewing #ballet #life #of #a #dancer #shoes #ribbons #мгах #academy

Late night sewing #ballet #life #of #a #dancer #shoes #ribbons #мгах #academy


Head deep in snow 😳 #moscow #snow #january #cold #russia #life

Head deep in snow 😳 #moscow #snow #january #cold #russia #life