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Woodbury dancers Molly Roche,Janie Rist, Sara Ezzell, Katlyn Newman, Erin Chase, and Olivia Verdick are part of Ballet Minnesota's production of "The Nutcracker." Woodbury dancers not pictured include Emma and Noah Connors and Gretchen Garlach.

Putting on their ballet shoes for holiday play

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For many actors portraying one of Shakespeare's great characters is a dream. For many musicians it's a dream to play one of Mozart's greatest. For many ballet dancers it's a dream to portray Clara in "The Nutcracker."


Woodbury resident Olivia Verdick, who is an eighth grader at Woodbury Middle School, is currently living out her dreams of portraying Clara in Ballet Minnesota's production of the classic holiday ballet.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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