Erica Walters is a junior at Niwot High School and currently trains in Longmont Dance Theatre Academy's Precollegiate Ballet Intensive Program. This is her tenth season with LDTA, and she truly loves the experience of training and performing with the school. Her soloist roles with Longmont Dance Theatre include Soldier Doll, Danish Soloist, and the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Breadcrumb Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty: Prologue, Pas de Trois soloist in Paquita, Cupid in Don Quixote, and Lucy Pevensie in the premiere of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She plans to continue dancing after high school and is excited for future prospects with LDTA and beyond. Erica is extraordinarily grateful for all of the opportunity and training she has received from LDTA, especially from Artistic Director Kristin Kingsley, Ballet Mistress Stephanie Tuley, and teachers Christopher Smidt and Matthew Helms.

Dance education in my life - a personal look at Longmont Dance Theatre

For many of my peers and I, Longmont Dance Theatre has always been a special place. I'm 17 and a Junior in high school this year. It's hard to believe I started dancing at LDT when I was just 6 years old! I just completed my 9th Nutcracker performance with LDT. Although many of the friends I began ballet with only treated dance as another extracurricular activity, for myself and the students I dance with today it has become so much more. Growing up through the Nutcracker and the spring gala performances has taught me commitment and the enormous rewards that come as a result of dedication. It's amazing to go from admiring your role models to becoming them. What truly makes LDT unique is the experience of performing onstage; with an orchestra, in a fully pre-professional environment. As students moving up through the school and the student-based company, we have chances to perform principal parts. This is an opportunity that I now understand is difficult to encounter in ordinary ballet schools. In addition to the performance opportunities, LDT offers serious ballet and dance training for aspiring professional dancers like myself. I am one of nearly 30 students participating in the...
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