Three students of North Ballet Academy in Rogers recently completed an intensive three-week session at Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C.
They are Talia Egge, 15, and Lydia Egge, 17, both of Ramsey, and Ellington Nichols, 14, of Oak Grove. All three are Level 4 dancers at North Ballet.
“They had a very enriching experience and were among the top of their class,” said Katie Kocinski, owner of North Ballet.
The girls were invited to the full-year program of ballet studies; two were offered partial scholarships, Kocinski said.
“This is a great honor,” she added. “Kirov, in the ballet world, is the equivalent to the Julliard School in music.”
Kirov Ballet is the former name of Marlinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in the 18th century as Imperial Russian Ballet, it was called Kirov during the Soviet era, and internationally, the Marlinsky Ballet is still commonly known as the Kirov.
Kocinski said Marlinsky Ballet is the parent company of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a leading school whose syllabus North Ballet Academy teaches.
The trio is “not only standing out in the ballet community, but also are young women with great character, and prove time and time again to be excellent role models among the students at our Academy, both inside the ballet studio, and out in everyday life,” Kocinski said.
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