Young Preston dancer invited to train with Bolshoi Ballet

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by ELISA HAHN / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 10:44 PM

Chloe Heninger has been following her dream to dance since she was 6 -- and now that dream is taking her halfway around the world.

Chloe is one of a handful of dancers from around the world invited to train with the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in Russia.

Chloe is just 13 years old. But she'll dazzle you with her talent and technique.

The 8th grader can do more than 50 consecutive faute turns on command, where many dancers struggle with just three or four.

"A faute in French means to whip, so you're whipping you leg into passé,” says Chloe.

Chloe whipped her way through a summer training course in Connecticut with the Russian American Foundation and caught the eye of some of the most elite instructors in the world.

In August a surprise letter came in the mail, inviting her for "full-time study" at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.

Her teacher, Victoria Titova of the Emerald Ballet Theatre in Bellevue, credits her drive and determination. And for once, this fiercely independent 8th grader admits she has butterflies.

"I'm scared, because I don't speak Russian, but I know it'll be okay, and I'm really excited because I get to train with some of the world's best teachers and it's a huge opportunity," she said.

So now she's the envy of the thousands of young women with the dream to dance.

After Chloe completes the 9-month program, another dream may come true - the Bolshoi Academy could ask her to stay.

"It's been my dream since I was really little. I just want to live it for as long as I can,” she said.

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