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Local Ballet Dancer Studying in Moscow

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A well-trained talent can take you to the ends of the earth.

That's true for 16-year-old Chloe Ondracek. (ON-dra-check)

For six weeks this summer, she'll be traveling to Moscow through a scholarship provided by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

She's already equipped with one international language.

It's not one you speak, but as Jennifer Thorgramson tells us, it WILL carry her through a six week tour on the other side of the world.

The 'barre' is high at the Institute of Dance and Ballet Theatre.

Rinat Mouzafarov runs a tight laced school, expecting the best of his students on and off the dance floor.

(Chloe Ondracek, NSLI-Y Scholarship Recipient) "He expects us to be very disciplined, respectful, responsible and work really hard."

That discipline is paying off.

Chloe Ondracek is one of only 15 ballet dancers in the country to receive a full-ride scholarship to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

(Rinat Mouzafarov, Institute of Dance & Ballet Theatre) "Moscow Balley Academy, they have the best school in the world."

And she's the second of Rinat's dancers to receive the scholarship to Bolshoi.

The scholarship program started in 2006 through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

It's designed to fully immerse youth into a neighboring culture and language.

(Chloe Ondracek, NSLI-Y Scholarship Recipient) "It's sponsored by the US State Department. It's a full scholarship. So to be chosen is a great honor."

Chloe has been a dancer in Rinat's studio for 12 years and has a great base to start, as the language of ballet is international.

(Rinat Mouzafarov, Institute of Dance & Ballet Theatre) "Terminology in ballet is all the same. In Chinese, Russia, United States, French, England, Africa, all the same terminology. All French. We're talking about the same language. Teachers in Russia talk in base English."

16-year-old Chloe will spend three weeks in New York City at the Bolshoi Summer Intensive, a rewarding stop she made just last year.

(Chloe Ondracek, NSLI-Y Scholarship Recipient) "Not just for the dancing but getting to see New York City and meet new friends and spend time with old friends."

From New York, she'll be on to Moscow.

(Rinat Mouzafarov, Institute of Dance & Ballet Theatre) "They have a good base. My students study eight to ten years. They have the same system that they teach in Russia, Moscow, my colleagues teach the same way. I'm in Minot, United States, and they are in Moscow and this is what my kids prepare to go to any European country. That's how I teach them."

(Chloe Ondracek, NSLI-Y Scholarship Recipient) "I think it will be a lot of work but a lot of fun too. I'm very excited."

High expectations and experience in culture that reaches across the divide.

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Chloe graduated from high school this spring and has her sights set on an advanced degree in mathematics.

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