Third-generation ballerina Natasha Middleton relishes the success she had creating a classical Russian ballet company of her own.
Media Dance Centre Studios in Burbank, home of the Media City Ballet, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.
Middleton is the granddaughter of Russian ballerina Elena Wortova of the famed Ballet Russes, and daughter of Andrei Tremaine, a former ballet dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Tremaine later founded his own ballet school and Pacific Ballet Theatre dance company in Los Angeles where Middleton followed the family tradition, she said.
The achievement of starting her own company has helped her build her reputation as an individual, she said.
"I was able to finally establish not only myself to the public, but show what Media City Ballet stands for and the dance center, and we're following the legacy of my grandmother and father who were with the Ballet Russes," she said. "We are following family tradition and keeping it in modern day."