Local teen trains with Bolshoi Ballet


Gabrielle Frett, a parishioner of Christ Our Light, Cherry Hill, was accepted to train with the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Gabrielle, who studies classical ballet at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Pennsylvania, will be performing this month at the Historic Dupont Theatre located in Delaware in “The Nutcracker.”

Gabrielle, 13, was among only 120 girls and boys internationally chosen.

She was offered a scholarship to train with the Master Russian Ballet Instructors for six weeks this past summer in Connecticut. She was also trained to speak Russian to interact with the teachers from Russia.

She dances for nursing homes, and participates in outreach performances for inner city children and volunteers in the Youth Ministry at Christ Our Light Parish.

“Ballet is my passion, it is my creative outlet. I try to stay focused, and I always pray to God before my point shoes touch the stage,” she said.