An Alaskan's Leap to The Bolshoi Ballet

$4,510 of $26.4k goal

Raised by 52 people in 35 months
Máire New   JUNEAU, AK
Dear Friends,
My name is Máire New and I am an aspiring ballerina from Juneau, Alaska. In the summer of 2013 I was given an opportunity to study for six weeks at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, as part of the NSLI-Y program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. After I returned home from the program I received an email informing me that I had been selected to train at the academy for the coming year! With the support of many, I successfully completed my first year in Moscow, and was then one of only 10 girls from my level of 30 invited back to continue studying for a second year. I expected to return to the academy for another three years, but in January of my second year I was moved into a higher course, which will enable me to complete my training in May of 2016. With your help, I am positioned to become the first Alaskan ever to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy! 

When I started ballet at the age of 12, I never dreamed that I would be given the opportunity to dance at one of the most prestigious ballet academies in the entire world. It is a huge honor and an absolute dream come true for me!

In order to pursue my passion for dance, I need your support. The tuition alone is $2,641.60 per month, and although my parents completely support me, the money is quite an obstacle. I am reaching out to you to ask for your help so that I can continue to discover, improve, and grow as a dancer and person! I will be grateful for any donation you can make, no matter how great or small.

Knowing that there are people who are pulling for me when I'm training overseas away from family means more than you could ever imagine. If you are unable to donate, but would still like to send me some encouragement, please don't hesitate to contact me on Facebook or by email! You can reach me at mairenew@gmail.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I will never forget the amazing people who have helped me to get where I am today, and I hope you will strongly consider making a donation to help me achieve my dream.

Спасибо большое! Many thanks!
Love,
Máire

P.S. For anyone who prefers to donate via PayPal, my email address is mairenew@gmail.com. Heartfelt thanks for your support!!
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Update 6
18 months ago
Happy 2015, friends! Check out this link for a new blog post: http://rainforesttorussia.blogspot.com/2015/01/farewell-2014.html
Thank you for your continued support! <3
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Update 5
23 months ago
So thrilled to have been featured in an article from the New York Times written by Rebecca Milzoff!! Thank you Chris Miller for the fantastic photo! I'm looking forward to another exciting and wonderful year here at the academy. Thanks so much to everyone for the continuous love and support- I truly couldn't pursue my passion without you!! <3
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/arts/dance/an-alaskan-ballet-dancer-hones-her-craft-at-the-bolshoi.html
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Update 4
23 months ago
Thrilled to have successfully completed my first year at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy! I have been invited back to continue my training, and would like to reach out to you to ask for your support. This past year would not have been possible without the generosity of many, and I hope you will consider donating today so that I can continue to pursue my passion in Russia!

This is a video of a piece that I choreographed for my acting exam in spring 2014. Although it was unusual for a student to choreograph a piece for an exam, my teacher supported me. Please be sure to read the description under the video!
https://vimeo.com/96941550

Thank you again for your support!
Love,
Máire
After my classical exam, June 2014
Soon my bag will look like this again!
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Update 3
34 months ago
Just passed the $2,000 mark! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me get this far!
I wanted to share this lovely message from an anonymous donor who has supported me in many ways. I truly appreciate the encouragement I've received from so many people to pursue my passion! Thank you!!

"Maire is quite an inspiration to the young girls she mentors. Not only in the ballet world, but Highland and homeschool communities. Her grace and kindness are exceptional characteristics, we wish her the best as she pursues life to the fullest!"
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$4,510 of $26.4k goal

Raised by 52 people in 35 months
Created September 1, 2013
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Anonymous
11 months ago
JB
$100
Jo Boehme
11 months ago
NB
$50
Nerissa Beaver
11 months ago
SR
$100
Sara Raster
11 months ago

I wish I could attend your fundraising event in Juneau on the 13h, but I will unfortunately be out of town. Best of luck and continued success, Maire!

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AD
$25
Ann Donoghue
18 months ago

Thank you for sharing your joy of dance!

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LF
$100
Laura Fleming
19 months ago

You are wonderful!

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Anonymous
22 months ago
LP
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Laurie Perkins
23 months ago
EG
$25
Erin Gottwald
23 months ago
RR
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Rebecca Rozell
23 months ago

You go girl! It was always a pleasure to have you in class. I am in no way surprised this has happened to you! Someone as sweet hearted and as hard working as you deserves it!

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