Joy Womac khas lived by herself in Moscow, Russia, for three years, more than 6,000 miles away from her home in Austin, to attend the school.
Now, after years of dancing for 10 hours a day and six days a week, Joy is preparing to sit her finals and graduate in May.
“When I first arrived here, nobody had heard of me. Everybody thought, ‘Here is this new American coming into the Russian class,’” she said. “I was put with the graduation class in repertoire ahead of the other girls in my class … that had created a lot of jealousy and a lot of questions.”
Joy, who did not speak Russian at the time, said she needed the instructors to repeat themselves again and again.