Girl, 7, named dancer of the year

Lydia Dixon, 7-year-old daughter of Rick and Lisa Dixon of Houston, has been named “Dancer of the Year 2008 – 2009 Season” by Dollie Hodge, founder and artistic director of Ozark Ballet and Dance Theatre and Studios.

This prestigious honor is reserved for a gifted student who shows unusual potential, dedication, respect and showmanship. Although just turned 7, this dancer exhibits all these characteristics plus an endearing cooperative personality, says Hodge. “Lydia is working at a level well beyond her years and if we can keep her focus and dedication she has the potential to become a great dancer,” she said.

Hodge showcased Lydia at the fallfest Oct. 29 at Bethel Church to a large and enthusiastic crowd. She performed the “March” and “Chinese Dance of Tea,” both from the seasonal classic, The Nutcracker Ballet and also an impressionistic ballet piece as “Butterfly” and completed the presentation with a Celtic reel in the Riverdance style. “Don’t miss your chance to this young ballerina when she performs at a venue near you,” Hodge said.

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