Semler wins ballet award

Dancer Hannah Semler. (Submitted photo courtesy of Paul Retzlaff Photography)

Dancer Hannah Semler. (Submitted photo courtesy of Paul Retzlaff Photography)

On Oct. 23, Hannah Semler, Westfield, competed in the 34th annual Carey Rose Winski Dance Scholarship competition at the Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago. Semler competed against 28 other dancers from the Midwest, ages 13-18 and tied for first place.  The $1,500 scholarship money is to be used for continued dance education by the winners. Semler performed two pieces: in classical Odalisque variation from Le Corsaire, and in contemporary “Last Bird” choreographed by Michael Casey Clark. Semler is a sophomore at Westfield High School and has been dancing since the age of five under the direction of Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Artistic Director Suzann Delay.  Families can have the pleasure of seeing Hannah dance at CIDE’s 16th annual “The Nutcracker,” where she will share the lead roles of Snow Queen (shared with Carmel High School student Paige Hall) and Arabian Coffee (shared with Carmel High School student Audrey Burdick). This show opens Dec. 9 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.