Growing up in an area with a variety of activities
allows kids to chase after their dreams at a young
and a dance studio in onalaska.
is helping one young dancer prepare for a life time
News 8's Brittany Schmidt explains.
NAT POP --one two, one two
This is 12-year-old Brooke Baldner's typical Saturday.
NAT POP -- shashe shashe shashe
BROOKE -- I usually start at and then I have ballet
class, a point class, and then I have a ballet production
and then I have heidi from like 2-5 normally."
For any kid...that's a long day...but it's what Brooke
I have been dancing since I was two.
And it's what she loves...
Ballets my favorite.
With high hopes of going to Julliard and becoming
a professional ballerina...
Busy, busy, busy feet.
Brooke knows these small steps.
will lead to big things
You can tell she is just
pinning away to be that professional
dancer one day, we really see that in her.
To continue on the right
path, Brooke joined the pre-professional
ballet training program.
The classes are an hour and a half and it's helped
a lot because it improves my technique.
Although Brooke is in level one of three, she is already
seeing great reward for the extra work she is putting
Forest animals just a little longer.
In the upcoming ballet Heidi, which is based on the
original novel, Brooke has landed the role of a baby
I was really excited to be a child soloist because
it's a huge opportunity for me.
Just in the last year and a half, I have seen her
It's about the process, not necessarily about the
To see the growth and to see the goals become met
but also exceed them and I think that's what Brooke
Miss Amanda, whose been teaching ballet for nearly
two decades, will be the first to admit dancing isn't
But for those that really love it, you can tell they
are just drawn to it and it's a part of who they are.
And when you spend more time at the dance studio...than
I am here Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
It's safe to say....dance is a big part of Brooke.
I dance because it brings me a lot of happiness.
If you would like to see Heidi.
Brooke's perfomance runs this weekend at the Weber
Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets range in price from 16-dollars to 22-dollars
for adults and 10-dollars for anyone under the age