Natalie Krakirian is pirouetting her way toward her goal of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
This summer, the 16-year-old Burbank resident attended the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive and the Gelsey Kirkland Summer Intensive in New York City. She will begin at the Houston Ballet II in the fall.
This is what she lives for, said her mother, Nina Krakirian.
"She enjoys every minute of it," Krakirian said. "She signed a contract with Houston Ballet II a month ago. It's not the professional company, but she will be able to perform throughout the area and will be in the Houston Ballet's performances."
Natalie will be living in Houston for two years as part of the program and will complete her senior year of high school online, her mother said.
"I'm very happy and really excited," Krakirian said. "I've met the key players — the artistic and administrative staffs, and I really feel it's a great place for Natalie."