In zero degree weather, Nutcracker Good Kids shine brightly on stage

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- When it's 0 degrees outside, the best way for our Good Kids to warm up was by dancing a holiday ballet classic on the inside.

Susie Fairbank is 13 years old and is a student at Kansas Ballet Academy. Susie was born in Topeka and began dancing at age 3. She loves to dance and dreams of becoming a professional ballerina someday. She made the decision to home-school in 2016 so that she can devote more hours to her ballet training.

When Susie isn't at the dance studio, she wishes she was there and she dances everywhere- even in the grocery store! In addition to dancing, This 10-year ballet veteran danced Snow, Flowers, Russian and Ballerina Doll in the two weekend performances in TPAC.

Susie loves to read and bake. She has a twin brother Robert, an older sister Sally and 2 dogs.

Natalia Buono is 12 years old and has been dancing classical ballet since the age of 4. As a student of Kansas Ballet Academy, she has performed in many ballets and was one of the "unsung heroes" of this years Nutcracker season - namely the understudy. As a "Waltz of the Flowers" understudy, Natalia was not scheduled to perform that role this year and you will not find her name in the playbill, but she ended up dancing it twice over the course of performance week - as a sub for two different dancers no less.

Thanks to dancers like Natalia who take the understudy role seriously, the show did indeed go on! Natalia attends Landon Middle School, is a leap year child and loves her many dogs.

Natalia danced in Spanish, as a Battle Scene Soldier as well as subbing into Flowers in the "Nutcracker" performances Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Both Natalia and Susie are preparing to compete in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition in March. Students from all over the world compete for ballet scholarships and receive invaluable feedback from world-famous ballet judges. In preparation for the competition, the girls are taking class 5-6 days per week with additional rehearsal hours preparing solo and group pieces. Good luck, to our 13 News Good Kids!