CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Dancing professionally in the ballet is what almost every young girl, every young ballerina dreams about.
For 17-year-old Annie Honebrink, it's happening. The Beechwood High School ballerina senior's dancing in the Nutcracker this year as member of the core, the professional and semi-professional dancers that make up the adult parts.
"It's kind of surreal being on the stage, its like wow I am actually doing this, this is real," says Annie.
Annie grew up auditioning for parts in the Nutcracker as a child and she performed in several productions.
"I would be in my house and I would have all my costumes and I would perform nutcracker for my mom," remembers Annie.
Then Annie moved on up to the Cincinnati Ballet Academy. She's now one of two CB2 level students dancing in this year's ballet as a member of the company.
"I'm doing snow, I'm a snow flake and in waltz of the flowers I am in that, and then I do party scenes. I am a party mom," says Annie.
She hasn't let it all go to her head. Annie still tapes her feet up before every performance, and works hard on the things that matter most in ballet.
"It's not just about the performing. It's about the class, and all the hours and hours spent training," says Annie.