Balancing Act


Behind the door of a building in Shepherdstown that looks as much like a warehouse as it does a dance studio, a group of girls in black leotards and pink tights huddle in the small waiting area. Electricity seems to crackle around them. The Nutcracker cast list has just been posted. As the dancers arrive and study the list, their expressions slip from anxiety to surprise to delight. If there is disappointment, it is hidden well. They join the circle, where the energy and burst of teenage endorphins and adrenaline is palpable as the dancers dissect the cast list.


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