Our staff

Karina Melikyan

Karina is the founder and Artistic Director of Karin Kirkland School of Dance. 

Karina has been trained in Vaganova style classical ballet  at the Ballet School of Yerevan, Armenia. Upon graduation she joined Opera and Ballet National Theatre of Yerevan as a ballet artist.

She then studied languages at Yerevan State University and earned her MS in oriental studies in 2008. During the course she traveled to Syria and took her passion to dance with her. While learning the language she also taught Armenian dances in Damascus, Syria.

Upon moving to USA, Karina continued pursuing her dream of teaching dance and worked with a number of ballet schools in the greater Seattle area.


Shushanik Babayan

Shushanik Babayan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. First step in dance world she did  at the Yerevan State Dancing Art College and graduated as an artist of ballet in 2010. Same year Shushanik joined "Barekamutyun" State Dance Ensemble of Armenia and shortly was promoted as a soloist. Her breakthrough performance was in ,,Siretsi’’, which became her signature performance. Meantime she continued her studies at Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography and in 2015 gained her Bachelor’s degree as a theatre critic.Currently Shushanik works as an instructor of classical ballet (Vaganova method) and National dances in Los Angeles and Seattle area.