The true story of a 15-year-old girl who goes to Moscow to study ballet at the Bolshoi. Just after the Berlin Wall falls, the USSR becomes Russia and a coup has taken over the government.
Anna makes the impossible possible when her dream becomes a reality and she becomes one of the first Americans ever to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. She encounters adventures, trials, and heartaches along the way - including culture shock, language barriers, a first love, and a gang of Gypsy kids.
Authored by creative and well-known ballet dancer and educator Anna Duvall, Dancing into My Bolshoi Dream is Anna's amazing true story of survival through the harsh conditions of Moscow at a time when the newly-formed Russian mafia has more control over Russia than the government.
Misha Tchoupakov, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet, describes the book as "very real, with lots of emotions."
"A truly inspiring story of perseverance against all odds in a strange and foreign land," says Patrick Cross, nutritionist, trainer, and elite sports therapist.
"A dreamy depiction written from the perspective of her dreamy 15-year-old self," says a published fiction writer, her father.
Anna's survival during her intensive dance studies depends on connecting with the humanity of her directors, teachers, and fellow students. Thus begins the story of empathy with her very strict ballet teacher, and Anna's perseverance through physical and psychological torment during her studies.
Since the Russian invasion of the American psyche still persists today, making daily headlines, Anna proves to be an authentic source of knowledge and insight into the creative minds of Russia. She provides an in-depth firsthand understanding of people, conflicts, and culture, the forces that awaken creativity at its best, producing the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world even during difficult times in their homeland.