Anna Zheng

Fellow

Anna is a fellow with AMS. She is currently a rising senior at Yale University studying Economics and Russian & East European Studies. Prior to Yale, she studied classical ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia and was a recipient of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship from the US Department of State.

At Yale she helps lead the Yale Undergraduate Ballet Company by directing performances, securing funding, and organizing master classes. In the past, she worked as a program assistant for the Russian American Foundation’s Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive and helped develop the Virtual Ballet Intensive during the pandemic.

What drew you to the arts?

I was drawn to the arts because I love ballet and have been dancing for over 15 years. In high school, I received a fellowship from the US Department of State to study classical ballet and Russian language at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia in high school. This experience made me really interested in cultural diplomacy, and the power it had in improving international relations.

What drew you to Arts Administration?

When I got to college, I wanted to stay involved with the arts despite not pursuing a professional career in ballet. I realized I enjoyed the planning and research process for supporting arts and culture organizations and wanted to get more involved. Through my time with the Yale Ballet Company, I have helped organize master classes and speaker events, applied for grants, and choreographed for shows.

What is your focus within Arts Administration?

I am still trying to decide my focus within this field; however, I really enjoy marketing, fundraising, and strategy planning. I am really interested in projects that can encourage government support and funding for the arts.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love dancing, reading, and traveling. I really miss studying abroad, especially when I spent a summer learning Russian in Saint Petersburg, Russia. On the weekends, I would go watch ballet and opera at the Mariinsky theatre or go to a museum.

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