Dancing full circle

By Megan Carpenter

December 8, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 5:39 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) At just 15-years-old, Kinsey Novak is well on her way towards her dream of becoming a prima ballerina.

"I would love to go to the royal ballet in England," Kinsey said. "It's my favorite company and all of my favorite dancers are there."

Along with holding an international ballet title and winning two Hope Awards, Kinsey is a friend and a daughter.

"She's a dynamic person," said her mother, Michelle Novak. "She's passionate, she's caring, and she has this love and passion for ballet."

Kinsey began dancing ballet at 7-years-old. Not long after, she starred in The Nutcracker as young Clara. On Sunday, she came full circle, dancing the principle role of adult Clara.

"For me, being on the stage is a whole different world," Kinsey said. "You become the characters you have to portray."

The show ran at Johnson City High School. It was led by Kinsey's ballet instructor, Rafael Grigorian. Born in Russia, he has danced for 60 years, knowing something special when he sees it.

"When she came first, I already recognized ability and talent in young girl, which has grown through the years," Grigorian said.

Sunday marked the twentieth anniversary of his first performance in The Nutcracker, now passing the role to his student.

"He's really been wonderful and without him I wouldn't be where I am today," Kinsey said.

Underneath graceful plies is a young woman, balancing her dreams with being a teenager. This is Kinsey's first year returning to high school, after taking time off to focus on ballet. This weekend, her focus is on one thing.

"I'm pretty excited," Kinsey said. "It's my first time going to a school dance and I'm going with one of my friends."

Still, the hard work begins again soon. She said she'll be perfecting her technique even more over the year, prepaing for more auditions next January.

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