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July 05, 2009


 Jacob Clerico, 11, Dancing Arts Center 2009
Natick resident Jacob Clerico, 11, has been awarded a scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Connecticut for this upcoming summer. Jacob began dancing at the Dancing Arts Center at the age of 4.  He studied intensively at the Dancing Arts Academy, an academic and dance day school, for two years and currently attends public school in Natick. Jacob takes dance classes in ballet, modern, and character six days per week.

In the fall, Jacob began private coaching to prepare for competition. Jacob represented the Dancing Arts Center in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional competition in Connecticut, where he performed Peasant Pas from the ballet Giselle; Toolbit, a modern dance choreographed by Karyn Edison; and an Ensemble piece, Three Plus One, choreographed by Wayne Stewarte.  Jacob advanced to the YAGP finals in New York City in April. During the YAGP finals Jacob performed Toolbit and Three Plus One. It was Jacob’s performance during the YAGP finals that resulted in the scholarship offer from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and an offer to attend the American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive.

YAGP is the only student ballet competition in America which awards scholarships to the leading dance schools in the U.S. and abroad. The competition is held annually in New York City, with regional competitions held throughout the United States.  The Bolshoi Ballet Academy is one of the oldest and most established schools for classical ballet training, with a 235 year history. Its curriculum focuses on strength, musicality, clarity, and personal expression and is steeped in a rich cultural tradition. Most of the Principal Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.Jacob Clerico, 11, Dancing Arts Center 2009-2

The Summer Intensive incorporates the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet methods and is designed to provide expert training for ballet students through unique exposure to the experience and expertise of Master Teachers. At the conclusion of the training program all students will undergo final interviews with the Master Teachers, who will provide the students with an assessment of their progress and advice for furthering their training.

Jacob’s teachers say that he has been a pleasure to teach and to help navigate through his growth spurts, artistic development, and physical journey.  He follows in the footsteps of other Dancing Arts alumni who are now dancing at Ballet Met, Orlando Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet. 

Jacob’s parents are Kristin and Pete Clerico. His sister, Victoria (age 16) now studies at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada and his sister, Hannah (age 14), continues her studies at the Dancing Arts Center.


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