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AMERICAN classical ballet dancer Michael Shannon calls what is happening to him now ``destiny.'' The 19-year-old Los Angeleno is the first-ever American member of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the prestigious Moscow school that educates future stars of the Soviet dance world.
He also hosts and executive produces ABC's annual "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.""It's genuinely hard to put into words what ' American Idol' means to me," Seacrest said in a statement.Shannon at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss. 17-19.``Shannon not only has the hallmarks of the Russian school, but he's a fine example,'' wrote the Washington Post after the tour's stop at Wolftrap performing arts center in Virginia. He carries himself like a star.''Though without outward affectation or ego, Shannon also behaves like a star.She signed the then 16-year-old to a full scholarship, underwritten by the Soviet Ministries of Culture and Education. ``His jump is big and confident, his landings are cushioned. He exudes a quiet dignity and answers questions confidently and articulately.``I've always done whatever it takes,'' he said in an interview here with two of his fellow students, Vladimir Malakhov and Galina Stepanyenko. Ryan Seacrest will be back hosting "American Idol" when it returns for its first season on ABC.Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday's "Live with Kelly and Ryan," which she has co-hosted with Seacrest since he joined her in May.
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