Carmel Valley dancer back from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Charlotte-Emily Bacon, a resident of Carmel Valley, successfully auditioned with the Joffrey Ballet for summer intensive dance programs, which led to week-long sessions in New York and Moscow.

Her summer began with a solo trip to New York to the famous Joffrey Ballet School, where she spent a week in a very intensive class of ballet, training with renowned choreographers and all the while living off-site and navigating the Big Apple’s metro system to get to her classes on time. Before she left New York she also had the great honor to meet Davis Robertson to arrange her following trip to Moscow. Robertson is the world-famous artistic director of the touring company, in addition to being in charge of the summer programs.

Charlotte-Emily traveled to Moscow a couple of weeks later, passing through Switzerland with her mother Karin (to brush up on her French). The airport, then cab ride in Moscow were very interesting, as there was not one sign in English. When the cab arrived in front of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy it was time to say goodbye to her mother, as she would be staying there like the ballerinas of the Bolshoi.

The classes, all in Russian, were intense and physically exhausting but she had the great pleasure again to train with amazing teachers and to make new friends. She also visited the famous cultural areas of the city on limited time off.

Upon her return a big surprise awaited her. An official invitation from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy to its year-round program in its international division directed by Dmitry Povolotsky. Yet again a star in the world of dance whose achievements in dance are too long to mention, and an alumnus from Columbia. Charlotte-Emily was in shock as she never expected such invitation.

Charlotte-Emily is junior at Canyon Crest Academy and has also been accepted in the conservatory of dance in CCA’s ‘Envision’ program. She decided to stay in school for now and to defer this option to the very near future. She loves to be empowered by this art form, but she also loves the knowledge, maturity and social growth obtained in this fabulous school.

Charlotte-Emily will also continue her dance training at the Royal Dance Academy studio were she has been dancing since she was 6 years old. She started the very rigorous RAD ballet curriculum under the guidance of Francine Garton, the owner of the studio. The RAD is the largest, most influential examining program for classical ballet in the world. Charlotte-Emily is always so humbled to have teachers like Garton, who believe in her while giving constant encouragement and positive attitude. She recently achieved a distinction in her “Advanced 1” pre-professional examination under Garton’s guidance.

When asked if dance is her life, Charlotte-Emily said, “The studio is my life as it is home away from home and I love being there: It is a wonderful place to be, to dance, to laugh and to be empowered.”