Jay Ledford, 17, of Milford and a student at First State Dance Academy, chose to train at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., to which he was awarded a scholarship.

Ledford also auditioned for and was accepted to the Houston Ballet, the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and the Orlando Ballet.

The Kirov’s function is to train ballet dancers through the principles and aesthetics of the Vaganova method of classical ballet taught at the Vaganova Choreographic Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.