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MIDLAND, Texas (FOX 24) – Some local dancers are gearing up for a big event this weekend and what makes it even more special it’s their first live performance in more than a year.

Midland Festival Ballet Dancers

“We all love what we do,” said Kaitlyn Smith, Midland Festival Ballet Dancer,”We do it so that other people can enjoy it as well.”

Dancing is their passion.

“Dancing with a mask was pretty difficult at first,” said Anna Lee, Midland Festival Ballet Dancer.

Anna Lee, Midland Festival Ballet Dancer

But these days, Coronavirus has changed the way they practice.

“Then, you learn to breath with it and also gain your stamina back after being off for so long,” said Lee.

Sixteen-year-old Lee has been dancing for ten years and the Midland resident says all of this has brought them closer together.

“I think it has made us stronger as a team,” said Lee.

Seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn Smith agrees.

Kaitlyn Smith, Midland Festival Ballet Dancer

“Once we got back into the swing of things, I think it actually helped,” said Smith.

Susan Clark is the Artistic Director at the Midland Festival Ballet.

“They’re like my family,” said Clark. “I feel like our art form is meant to be live.”

She got teary-eyed talking about her dancers.

Susan Clark, Midland Festival Ballet Artistic Director

“I told them we’re going to keep going, we’re going to keep learning pieces,” said Clark.

“Nobody knows what the future holds and I think the coronavirus has definitely proven that,” said Smith.

Midland Festival Ballet Dancers

Midland Festival Ballet will be performing “Offline and Onstage” this Saturday.

Midland Festival Ballet Dancers

The performance takes place at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center and starts at 7:30 pm.

The dancers will also be accompanied by the Midland-Odessa Symphony.

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