Fostering Global Dialogue Through
Arts, Sports, and Education.
On behalf of the United States Government, I congratulate A.S.E. Global Bridges* and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy on 15 years of successful partnership. Your collaboration has deepened ties between the U.S. and Russian dance communities and encouraged cross cultural understanding through the arts, despite the challenges in the official bilateral relationship. Your success demonstrates that the Russian and American people can perform, learn, and thrive side-by-side. I wish you many more years of successful collaboration ahead.
Honorable John J. Sullivan
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 2022
Bridges to a Shared Future
Recognizing that we share one world and our future is interconnected, BSF relies on the common bond of dance to build a transnational dialogue of mutual understanding, respect, and shared values. Through in-person and virtual programming centered on exploring different styles of dance intrinsic to each country’s heritage, participants learn about each other’s culture, values, people, and country. Bridges to Shared Future is an ongoing collaboration between A.S.E., the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and students and educators of dance throughout the United States and Russia.
Sports for All
Empowering youth to become open-minded, positive, and successful citizens of their local and global communities is the foundation of A.S.E’s sports initiatives. Sports for All is A.S.E.’s latest collaboration with the Ryan Martin Foundation to engage American experts in sharing best practices of using sports as a platform to expand inclusive environments for youth with disabilities in schools, camps, and recreational activities throughout Russia. Past programs have included Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow, Sports Unite All, and collaborations with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Nike Russia.
Bolshoi Ballet Academy SI
The BBA Summer Intensives in New York and Connecticut offer a unique opportunity for pre-professional dancers and dance educators to take part in authentic training and educational programs based on the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy curriculum and taught by the Academy’s leading teachers from Moscow. With its 250-year history, the Academy’s curriculum and pedagogy are globally recognized for producing some of the most iconic stars of classical ballet. The 15 year collaboration between A.S.E. and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has fostered countless young dancers on successful paths to professional stages, as well as diverse academic and professional achievements. It also opened the doors for dance educators throughout the United States to augment their pedagogy in Russian style of classical ballet.
NSLI for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Scholarship to Study Language Abroad
NSLI-Y, a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent graduates to learn less commonly taught languages. Building on its commitment to dance as a platform for fostering understanding and linkages across cultures and countries, for 13 years A.S.E.’s NSLI-Y Language and Culture Bolshoi Way program offers a unique opportunity to acquire Russian language skills, cultural competency, and augment one’s ballet training through in-class language instruction, authentic cultural activities, host family stays, and ballet training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. *Program pending until further notice. For general programs please visit https://www.nsliforyouth.org/.