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Ronan Braun as the Nutcracker and Ashlee Martin as Clara, last weekend at the last rehearsal for East Mountain Dance’s annual production of the Nutcracker ballet at the Performing Arts Center at Moriarty High School. According to dance studio owner Emily Trumper-Marquez, about 50 dancers and another 10 people, including choreographers, office help, set designers, costumers and her husband Tony Marquez helped make the production a reality. Photo by Leota Harriman.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]