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Area teens tiptoe to top in ‘Snow Maiden’ - SSNL

11/6/2008 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Performing in The University of Akron Dance Institute’s “Snow Maiden” are, from left, Lakemore resident Hillary Martter as Caterina, Fairlawn resident Jennifer Hu as the Snow Maiden and Ellet resident Matthew Roberts as Pavel.
Photo: Dale Dong
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Several area dancers are among a troupe of teens appearing in The University of Akron (UA) Dance Institute’s “Snow Maiden,” which will be on stage Nov. 15 at UA’s E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St.

The ballet is a Russian fable about a child of snow who is brought to life by the warmth of human love. The family performance features a score by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov and 122 costumed performers, including Lakemore Village resident Hillary Martter, who is dancing the part of Caterina. She is a senior at Springfield High School and started dancing at the Dance Institute at age 3.

“I practice about five hours a day five days a week,” she said. “It is demanding and does not allow me time to do school activities.”

Martter said performances also are demanding.

“You have to make it look easy and look beautiful,” she said.

Martter said she plans to pursue ballet in college and hopes to apply to Marymount Manhattan College in New York to study dance and also possibly English.

In the meantime, she is preparing for her performance in one last big production.

“A lot of people don’t know much about dance,” she said. “They don’t understand it is not just a job; it is a form of art, and it is a wonderful thing to watch.”

She said she has invited a lot of fellow students to the shows over the years.

“They have really liked watching,” she said. “They are impressed with how athletic ballet is.”

Christina Foisie, manager of the Dance Institute, said the Nov. 15 production is the sixth presentation of the “Snow Maiden.”

“It is important and distinctive in that it is designed to provide an opportunity for every student to be on stage during the production,” she said.

The students’ performance experience also entitles them to college credit, she said.

Tickets for the two performances, scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m., range in price from $12 to $18 and are available at the Thomas Hall Box Office or by calling (330) 972-7570, and through TicketMaster by calling (330) 945-9400.

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