Aleksandra Shkurigin - May 2016 Judges' Choice

Thank you very much for selecting me for the May 2016 Harlequin Floors Scholarship.  I have studied dance for ten years at Queen City Ballet in Helena, Montana. I am very lucky to study both ballet and contemporary. Ballet is definitely my favorite. I would like to acknowledge Ms. Campbell Midgley for furthering my education in dance. She is an amazing teacher who challenges me more every day. 

The Vienna International Ballet Experience was a great opportunity to experience dance techniques from around the world. I loved performing the Paquita variation because it is a very energetic and fun dance.  I believe there are so many benefits of participating in competitions.  I love the challenge of learning new variations, performing on stage, attending workshops, and seeing other talented dancers. 

I am attending the Queen City Ballet summer intensives this year to prepare for my next adventure. In August, I will be traveling to Moscow, Russia to attend the year round program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.  I am excited to immerse myself in Russian culture and classical ballet training. My future plans are to become a professional ballet dancer, travel the world sharing the art of ballet, and eventually becoming a ballet instructor.