This weekend, ballerinas of all ages will fill the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center stage to dance the 31st annual presentation of “Cinderella.”

Three public performances will be given at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

“We always present the show the weekend before Thanksgiving,” said Carol Zagar, director and instructor at Allegro Dance Theatre. “And I hope we can continue to do so in years to come.”

This year’s performances showcase two dancers as Cinderella.

Amaya Muse-Holt and Abby Harper have been together in ballet for 13 years.

“We’ve been best friends since we started ballet together,” said Muse-Holt, a senior at North Hardin High School. “We are very supportive of each other and help each other.”

Harper, a senior at Meade County High School, said it is her 14th year in ballet and her 10th year of dancing in “Cinderella.”

“I’ve done almost everything from a bee to Cinderella,” Harper said.

With seven total performances, the two dancers will alternate shows as the star lead.

“It’s easier on the body to alternate parts,” Muse-Holt said.

The roles alternate Cinderella with Queen of the Night and Visiting Princess.

Harper said she has been dancing solo routines for four years, and the most challenging aspect of dance is time-management.

Muse-Holt said always striving to become better challenges her.

“The most challenging (aspect) is being persistent and pushing yourself and holding yourself accountable because that’s the only way you’ll improve,” Muse-Holt said.

She went on to say the reason she enjoys dancing is the expression of feelings.

“Doing it with my friends and expressing how I’m feeling through dance is my favorite thing about dancing,” Muse-Holt said.

Harper said, “getting to perform for other people who aren’t in the arts,” is what she enjoys most.

Both girls plan to major in dance, and both are considering attending Western Kentucky University.

Another duo that makes this year’s performance unique is mother, Erika Palidar, and her 11-year-old daughter, Audrey.

Palidar started dancing when she was 3 years old and pursued it into high school. However, becoming an attorney and practicing law for 20 years caused her aspirations of dancing to be put on the shelf.

That is until Audrey started ballet classes.

“Audrey started in ballet classes when she was five, and that inspired me to start again,” Palidar said.

“I really like dancing with my mom,” the younger Palidar said. “It’s really fun.”

“I love that I get to spend time with her and watch her grow up and accomplish challenging things,” Palidar said. “I hope she feels the same way about dancing with me when she’s a teenager.”

Both say they benefit from dancing together.

“Audrey has much more performance experience, so I rely on her for help,” Palidar said.

“I learn a lot from helping my mom,” said Audrey.

Erika has two solos in this year’s production, that of Summer Breeze and Shooting Star.

“I’m just a regular star,” Audrey said.

Tickets are on sale through the Performing Arts Center’s website at bit.ly/3V4XMPF.

Amy Smith can be reached at 270-505-1416 or asmith@thenewsenterprise.com.

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