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Water ballet a 40-year tradition at Highland Meadows

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Prepare for an evening of dancing at the ballet: The water ballet, that is.

While the art of ballet is not recognized universally as a sport, water ballet employs elements of synchronized swimming which has been a part of the Summer Olympics since 1984.

"Water ballet is just a country club version of synchronized swimming," said water ballet coach Sarah Brenner. "We have the girls get into the water and do specialized moves with funny names."

Like the Starburst and of course the Back Dolphin. Sound easy to you? Why don't you try it.

Better yet leave it to these girls at Highland Meadows, continuing the water ballet tradition there that dates back 40 years.

"It's kind of challenging," said performer Alexa Walkovich. "You have to do it at the same time and you have to get the moves right."

It's not easy and their time is limited. Somehow with only two weeks' worth of practice they always pull it together for their annual show.

"It's a fun nightmare," says Brenner. "But a nightmare nonetheless."

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