SHS dancer gearing up for classical ballet performance

   When Sparta High School freshman Macy-Kaye Sullivan’s school day ends, her day of education is far from over.
   A couple of times per week, Macy-Kaye studies and practices ballet until nearly 10 p.m.
   She studies ballet at Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska, where she is a level-six ballet dancer of a total of seven levels at the studio, and a level-three of three levels in pointe.
   Macy-Kaye, daughter of Randy and Heidi Sullivan of Sparta, began dancing at age three, following in her older sister Molly’s footsteps.
   However, she’s since forged her own path and is completely dedicated to ballet.
   Since July, Macy-Kaye and other ballet dancers have been rehearsing for the Ballet La Crosse production of Cinderella.         
   The Sullivan’s appealed the school board to allow Macy-Kaye to have a study hall for eighth hour this semester so she could leave school after seventh hour to head to rehearsals.
   “Thank you to the school board and Mr. Hendricks [the superintendent] for allowing her to pursue her dreams,” said Macy-Kaye’s mother, Heidi.
   From 2:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. several times per week Macy-Kaye rehearses for Cinderella and participates in several ballet classes, honing her skill.
   For Macy-Kaye, ballet is not just about the movement.
   “It is a mature environment. You learn respect and discipline,” she said, adding that ballet is a great stress reliever that allows her to place her mind in the moment. She also loves dance because of the many like-minded people she’s met over the years.
   The culmination of the dancers’ hard work is November 28 and 29, when they will perform Cinderella at the Weber Center for Performing Arts.
   Cinderella is a full-length, classical ballet choreographed by Ballet La Crosse artistic directors Kennet Oberly and Amanda Schams, who are both instructors at Misty’s Dance Unlimited.
   The ballet is three acts and is appropriate for all ages. It features about 60 local dancers from ages seven to 17, along with two adult dancers and four professional dancers.
   Westby High School junior Abby Inglett will dance the lead role of Cinderella, with La Crosse area junior Katie Peterson as the Fairy Godmother. Professional dancer Katie Reischl, Coulee Christian School junior Carolyn Ross, and Caledonia junior Emma Anne Bulman play the stepmother and stepsisters.
   Macy-Kaye is dual casted as the Winter Fairy and as part of the corps de ballet. She will alternate roles with another dancer for the two performances at the Weber Center.  
   She is impressed with chorography her instructors have implemented, and thinks the audience will especially enjoy the costuming and facial expressions of the cast.
   “The music, the costumes and the make-up – they all help deliver the story,” she said.
   Performances are Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit webercenterfortheperformingarts.com. A third performance with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra will take place at Viterbo University on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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