Hard to say how this name got lost in history, but here’s what the real “first American to join the Bolshoi” is up to now.
Articles usually say Joy is the first American woman to join, but I think she should still some credit to this guy. He lived there without the internet or any US comforts. Also, Irish ballerina Monica Loughman got into the Perm State Ballet at age 16 in the late 90’s, and she really danced there in the corps/solo roles for quite some time.
Thanks for alerting me to this; I had no idea. Very interesting, to say the least!
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