Quinn Neugebauer appears in the infantry.
by Karen Diefendorf
Two of the Woodinville dancers chosen to appear in this year's Pacific Northwest Ballet production of "The Nutcracker" are Quinn Neugebauer and Lisa Platt.
Quinn, an 11-year-old fifth grader at East Ridge Elementary, is the daughter of Linda and Bob Neugebauer of Woodinville. She has been a student at PNB since last January and earned the part of a soldier in the well-known ballet.
Quinn began dancing eight years ago at the age of three. Both she and her mother, Linda, credit teacher Shelagh Moore, now with Studio I, with Quinn's enthusiasm for and success in ballet.
Twice-weekly rehearsals for "Nutcracker" began in mid-October but intensified last week in preparation for opening night.
However, Quinn doesn't mind the time for practicing or the car pools that get her back and forth between Seattle and Woodinville.
"It's been fun, and I've gotten to know a lot of the other dancers," she said.
When Quinn isn't dancing, she is still busy. She is a competitive gymnast who spends about 14 hours a week at the Northshore Gymnastics Center and takes piano lessons from Alice McCormick of Duvall.
In what spare time is left, she likes to read and play with her neighborhood friends. Also, Quinn's duties as student body vice president at East Ridge include attending student council meetings and leading the flag salute at assemblies.
Lisa Platt, the 16-year-old daughter of Betty Ann and Gary Platt of Woodinville, is a sophomore at Bothell High School.
She is a level seven dancer who was chosen to be a fighting mouse. Then from that group, she was chosen to play the part of a flower.
Because Lisa is playing two parts and appears in both Act I and II, her rehearsal times are longer than most. Last week, she was at the Opera House from 1 to 9:30 p.m.
Lisa has been dancing with PNB for six years, and she hopes to be a professional dancer.
She knows it takes a lot of hard work, but she's already had a chance to see what it's like: Lisa was chosen to attend a summer program with the School of American Ballet, a part of New York City Ballet.
In school, Lisa's favorite subject is science, and in her free time, she loves to ride her horse M&M.
Kent Stowell's production of "Nutcracker" will run through Dec. 31 at the Seattle Center Opera House.
Tickets are available by calling 292-ARTS or at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St. in Seattle.
They are also available at the new Key Arena Box Office with free 30-minute parking available out front.