Hannah Burkhart, right, and Brianna Nixon, left, recently performed in a production of 'The Nutcracker,' produced and performed by Ballet Nebraska, a professional dance group out of Omaha, Neb. on Friday Dec. 17. Hannah and Brianna auditioned in July of 2010, and were selected to perform in the dance group.
The girls performed in the 'Land of Dreams' scene in Act II, as Elves from the North Pole. Hannah and Brianna rehearsed every weekend starting in October, and rehearsed with the dancers every night during the week of the performance. Hannah has been in dance for nine years, while Brianna has taken dance for ten years. They attend Deb's School of Dance in Cherokee, owned and operated by Deb Dunn. Hannah is the daughter of Mike Burkhart and Dawn Burkhart. Brianna is the child of Rashel Nixon and Steve Nixon, all of Cherokee. Photo contributed