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Morning Sun
  • HOLIDAY CLASSIC

  • In addition to all their other activities, Emily Fite and Hanna Wade, both of Pittsburg, have been dancing their feet off evenings and just about all day on Saturdays.

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  • In addition to all their other activities, Emily Fite and Hanna Wade, both of Pittsburg, have been dancing their feet off evenings and just about all day on Saturdays.
    But they believe their hard work will be worth it. They are in the Midwest Regional Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” The beloved holiday classic will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.  There will also be a matinee performance on Nov. 19 for school children.
    Wade, a seventh grade student at Pittsburg Community Middle School, is the daughter of Lori Wade and Zach Semonick and granddaughter of Fred and Janell Wade.
    A Pittsburg High School sophomore, Fite is the daughter of Brian and Guyla Curl and Steve Fite, Girard.
    “Both our families have been so supportive,”  Hanna said.
    That very important, because the schedule is so demanding. The young dancers have between 12 and 15 hours of instruction each week in Joplin, where the Midwest Regional Ballet is based.
    “We dance all day on Saturday,” Hanna added.
    A special Saturday was scheduled on Nov. 1.
    “The girls were to come at 10 a.m. to dance, and bring their sleeping bags,” Guyla Curl said. “They were going to have a lock-down and stay to build sets.”
    “We keep the road between Pittsburg and Joplin hot,” added Lori Wade.
    Curl said that the Midwest Regional Ballet does “The Nutcracker” every other year.
    “The teacher, Kaye Lewis, is so creative and comes up with new things each time she does it,”  she said. “This year the Southeast Kansas Symphony will be collaborating with the ballet, and that’s pretty exciting.”
    Emily, 15,   has been dancing for 11 years, and this show will include a couple of milestones for her. First, she’ll get to dance a gorgeous — and expensive — platter tutu in the “Marzipan” portion of the show, and second, she’ll do a lift with a male dancer.
    “I trust him now, so I’m not worried about being dropped,” she said.
    Hanna, 12, has been dancing for four years.
    “It’s really fun to learn new techniques, and the costumes for ‘The Nutcracker’ are great,” she said. “Everyone is really cooperative, and it’s really fun.”
    “I love how ballet looks — it’s so beautiful,” Emily said. “If you turn on ballet music, I’ll just start dancing. I would like to be a ballet dancer.”
    An honor roll student, Emily is on the PHS dance team and performed in the PHS production of “Beauty and the Beast.” She serves on Teen Court, plays softball and is a member of the Key Club.
    Hanna is also an honor roll student and plays softball.
    Page 2 of 2 - Anyone wishing ticket information for “The Nutcracker” may contact Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium at 231-7827.

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