When millions of fresh-faced 18-year-olds have already been swept away from their high schools to explore the campuses of their respective colleges, one young woman is pushing to hold on to a life-changing opportunity not granted to many Americans, let alone African-Americans.
In August of this year, Nicole Zadra, of Irvington, New York was offered a traineeship at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. Established in 1773, the institution has trained “a world class of dancers.” Zadra, who has been learning ballet since she was four-years-old, has dreamed of being part of this legacy since watching Youtube videos of the Bolshoi when she was younger.
“I never thought I would be able to get invited and when I found out I cried for like two hours and I was so happy with excitement,” said Zadra.
However, once the moment settled in, she soon discovered that money would be an obstacle.
“I realized it was $16,000, so I was going to have a hard time paying for it. I got a little worried that I probably wouldn’t be able to go,” she explained.
On August 27, she launched her “Bolshoi Ballet Academy Dreams” Go Fund Me page and began sharing it with friends and family through Facebook.