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Goetzke dances through life

Goetzke dances through life

Hannah Boardman, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 6, 2018

Body-aches, tired muscles, swollen feet, extreme exhaustion. All of these sound like symptoms of an illness, or side effects of a medication, but for freshman Isabel Goetzke they're proof that she's done something right. Ballet is a historically difficult type of dance, with dancers trying to obtain...

Another holiday, another famous ‘Nutcracker’ production

Senior Mckenzie Brady dances as the sugar plum fairy on stage. The sugar plum fairy seems to come out of nowhere to dance in the spotlight in the last few moments of the ballet and is a favorite among ballerinas.

Andria Barrett, Photographer

December 5, 2016

For 27 years and counting, the St. Croix Ballet is putting on another year of the classical Nutcracker ballet. The ballerinas range in age from three years old to seniors in high school, but adults are also on stage as extras. “You don’t really need to have much talent, but you just have...

St. Croix Ballet prepares 15th annual Nutcracker performance

Senior Ava Wichser rehearses her “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” with Joseph Roesler as one of the Sugar Plum Cavaliers. “I love to dance because there is always room to improve and push yourself more and more,” Wichser says.

Mary Burchill, Fashion Blog Editor

December 5, 2015

The St. Croix Ballet has made performing the Nutcracker an annual event since 1990, every year dancers work tirelessly to put on an unforgettable performance for Thanksgiving weekend. These dancers work five to six days a week, 20 hours a week, constantly running over numbers and working tireless...

Ava Wichser pirouettes through the Nutcracker ballet

Ballerina, Ava Wichser, has been dancing for 13 years and dances annually in the Nutcracker. “She started ballet because of her love to perform. The first time she saw The Nutcracker, she was not in it, but she knew she wanted to be.”

Tessa Rosa, Fashion Blog Editor

December 7, 2014

For Ava Wichser, (’16) life is tights and tutus. From the time she was three years old she has been in ballet. In the last 13 years, the passion for the thrill of dance has not faded. If anything, it has grown just as her skills have. To this day, around the holidays, she performs in the annual Nu...

Wichser to play big role in “The Nutcracker”

November 18, 2014

To learn ballet, a person will need practice, patience, and poise. Not only does ballet require time and energy, but it also requires determination. Junior Ava Wichser portrays all of these characteristics as she gets prepared for her big role as  a sugar plum fairy in the upcoming play "The Nutcracker". "I...

Nutcracker dances into theaters

Nutcracker dances into theaters

Sara Klein

October 22, 2013

 Heart pounding, legs shaking and breath fast, junior Catherine Wessel walks into the audition room.  She waltzes to the middle of the room, head held high.  Announcing her name, she takes her first position.  The rest of the audition is a blur as she twirls, whirls and leaps across the room. This year the St. Croix Ballet is performing their...

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