Two Pasadena ISD students chosen to perform in Houston Ballet’s production of the ‘Nutcracker’

Two Pasadena ISD students chosen to perform in Houston Ballet’s production of the ‘Nutcracker’
Posted on 11/20/2015
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Two Pasadena ISD students have been selected to perform in the Houston Ballet’s 2015 production of The Nutcracker.

Beginning November 27 through December 26, Morris Middle School fifth grader Carlie Nix and Bobby Shaw Middle School sixth grader Emory “Michael” Amoky will join Ben Stevenson’s prestigious cast on stage as they spread Christmas cheer to thousands of patrons at the Wortham Theater Center.

Both students joined the Houston Ballet Academy a few years ago after being awarded full scholarships through Chance to Dance, an outreach program that provides a year’s worth of free tuition to eligible students.

The Houston Ballet partners with nine local elementary schools each year through the scholarship program to teach students the art of dance. Schools are selected based on the greatest need. Partner schools select 25 first and second grade students to participate in a series of eight classical ballet classes. Students learn the fundamentals of ballet and dance to live musical accompaniment. The Houston Ballet provides complimentary transportation for students and campus representatives.

At the end of the class series, the Academy evaluates all the students and selects those they feel have the potential to excel in ballet for another full-year scholarship.

Nix was selected for the scholarship program in spring 2013 and has stuck with it ever since. She has been dancing for five years and was happy knowing her hard work paid off.

“When I was little, I would practice ballet for hours and now I get to perform. This is a dream come true,” Nix said.

Amoky has been dancing all his life. He joined the academy in 2011 and has already performed in shows for the Houston Ballet. When asked how he finds time to practice ballet and stay on top of his studies, he said, “I just try my hardest to focus in school and do my homework and also practice ballet.”

Nix and Amoky will play children at a party in the opening scene of the Nutcracker. This is the first time they will both be performing in the beloved Christmas classic.

The opportunity became even more special for Nix and Amoky when the Houston Ballet announced that this season will see the final production of Ben Stevenson's version of the Nutcracker, that has been a Houston mainstay since it first premiered in 1987.

Nix’ and Amoky’s performance schedules are as follows:

Nix:

12/12 (2pm), 12/18 (2pm), 12/22 (2pm)

Amoky:

11/27 (2pm), 11/27 (7:30pm), 11/28 (7:30pm), 11/29 (7:30pm), 12/5 (7:30pm), 12/10 (student matinee), 12/13 (2pm), 12/17 (2pm), 12/18 (7:30pm), 12/20 (2pm), 12/22 (7:30pm), 12/24 (2pm), 12/26 (2pm)