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Kirsten Rye of Esko will perform in the Minnesota Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker." Other local youth participating are Aubree Stein of Cloquet, Kendal Davis of Mahtowa, and Abigail and Lily Rud, both of Esko. Contributed Photo

Local students shine in Minnesota Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

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Kirsten Rye, a seventh-grader at Esko's Lincoln Middle School, has been dancing since the age of 2. And now, at the ripe old age of 12, all her hard work and self-discipline will pay off as Kirsten dances the feature role of Clara in the Minnesota Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" later this month.

"Being Clara, as Kirsten Rye will be, is the dream of many ballet students across the country," attested Betsy Holcomb of the Minnesota Ballet.

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