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Dance the Night Away

Student Spotlight: Olive McCurry
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Olive McCurry (close left) and other dancers perform the Hungarian dance during The Nutcracker held at Topeka Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 10.

The heat of the stage lights shine on the dancers’ faces as they rehearse for their biggest production, The Nutcracker. Although it is exhausting practicing every day of the week for long hours, these dancers are doing what they love. One of the dancers in particular goes to our school, 8th grader, Olive McCurry.

McCurry has been dancing for many years and doing The Nutcracker for a similar amount of time. “I have been dancing for about nine years and doing The Nutcracker for eight.” This year, McCurry will be dancing three roles. These roles are a lead flower, Hungarian corp, and snowflake. While she is very pleased with the roles she got this year, they are not her dream roles, “My dream role would have to be Dream Clara or Sugarplum Fairy.”

The Nutcracker is well known for being a stunning production with lots of work put into it. McCurry is a very talented dancer and loves dancing in The Nutcracker. “I really like the effort that is put into it and the music.” 

McCurry feels like dance has always been a part of her life. Her sister started dancing when she was young, so when McCurry was born, her mom put her into it too. She is thrilled that she got the opportunity to dance. “My mom put my sister into dance first, then my mom had me, so it was almost like I was just born into it.

Ballet Midwest dancers performed this magical production on December 8-10 and had a very successful show. The dancers will be traveling this weekend to perform in Concordia and don’t worry, if you missed them this year, The Nutcracker will return next year.

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