Quaker Valley middle-schooler lands 'Radio City' touring role
Kate Gardinier will spend Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home this year, but still will be with her family as she “dances the role of her young life,” said her mother.
The Quaker Valley Middle School seventh-grader will portray “The Nutcracker's” Clara in the touring production of “Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” starring the Rockettes.
She will perform in Atlanta; West Palm Beach and Tampa, Fla., throughout November and December.
Her family will travel to spend the holidays with her, her mother said.
Kate, who has been dancing since she was 3 years old, begins rehearsals Friday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
A daughter of Rick and Marianne Gardinier of Sewickley Heights, Kate, 12, is one of six Claras chosen for the three casts — two each for the two U.S. touring shows and one for the New York City production. She auditioned in May at Radio City Music Hall for the only ballet role in the show.
Kate, who participates in the pre-professional program at Wexford Dance Academy under the direction of Elizabeth Mackin Karas and Beth Robertshaw, made it through three cuts.
Radio City will provide a tutor so that Kate can keep up with her studies, and family members will stay with Kate as she travels from city to city.
Kate participates in two performances with Wexford Dance Academy every year and has competed in the New York City Dance Alliance program, where she has won ballet scholarships in addition to platinum, first place and Critics Choice awards for her performances.
For more information, visit www.radiocitychristmas.com.
— Staff report
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.