Photo by Lori Smith
DANCE—(Left-right) senior Kate-lyn Smith, sophomore Caleb Smith and junior Emelia Skogstad will appear in “The Nutcracker.”

Three WHS dancers perform in ballet ‘The Nutcracker’
Classic opens Nov. 24 at historic Orpheum Theater downtown

By Madi Forseth 

“The Nutcracker” ballet is a traditional holiday favorite, and three Warriors are a part of the Dance Gallery studio’s performance of the classic at the Historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Sioux Falls opening Friday.

Junior Emelia Skogstad, who plays the Dew Drop Fairy and Angel of Dreams in “The Nutcracker,” says the ballet is a great way to kick-start the holiday spirit. 

“Seeing this show would be a great way to start off the holiday season,” Skogstad said. “I’m very excited about the upcoming shows to see all of our hard work pay off.” 

Brother and sister sophomore Caleb Smith and senior Katelyn Smith are also members of the cast. 

The three WHS students began rehearsal for the event in August and  have practiced every week on Sundays and in many after school rehearsals and Friday-Sunday rehearsals “The Nutcracker” will be presented for two weekends, opening Friday at 4 p.m., and continuing Saturday at 2 p.m.  It will also be presented Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. In the second weekend shows are at 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. 

Katelyn Smith has come full-circle.

“I’ve been in Dance Gallery’s ‘Nutcracker’ since 2005, beginning as a little cupcake,” Katelyn Smith said. “I have been several roles over the years, but the Sugar Plum Fairy is the most special to me. It’s a role that every little girl dreams of dancing someday. It’s funny because when I was a cupcake I danced with the Sugar Plum Fairy, and now I am the Sugar Plum Fairy and I dance with my students who I teach ballet to.”

She will perform a solo and then a Pas de Deux with her brother, Caleb Smith, the first weekend only. 
She said it’s going to be both happy and sad for her to take the stage.

“I am so excited to perform in my last ‘Nutcracker,’ but I know that it will be bittersweet,” she said. 

Tickets and other information about the Dance Gallery’s performance of “The Nutcracker” can be found online at


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