Local dancer Máire New receives scholarship to study in Moscow

Máire New dances "La Valse d'Amélie" in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in January 2013.

Juneau’s Máire New has been selected for a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and operated through the New York-based Russian American Foundation. New will spend six weeks this summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

New is one of 15 students around the country to be selected for the merit-based scholarship, launched in 2006. The focus of the program is on linguistic skills and cultural knowledge, with a goal of preparing young Americans for leadership roles. The NSLI-Y scholarship covers all costs associated with the program, including travel, tuition, educational and cultural activities focused on language learning, meals and accommodations.

New has been dancing with Juneau Dance Unlimited for many years, and has attended summer training programs at the Joffrey Ballet School and Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York. This past February, she danced in the Youth America Grand Prix for the Seattle Regional competition, and in May was the recipient of a 2013 Fine Arts Scholarship in dance from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

For more information visit: http://russianamericanfoundation.org/nsli-y.php


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