Dancing with Diabetes, Winging It Buffalo Style

The Nutcracker is a special holiday tradition to dancers and audiences alike. When the Neglia Ballet Artists bring their production back to Shea’s Performing Arts Center at the end of the month, it will be extrememy special performance for one of the dancers. 17-year-old Hanna Arndt of St. Catherines, Ontario looks just like her fellow dancers in the corps de ballet, but when she gets ready for class or rehearsal, she does so with an extra accessory. Hanna was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was thirteen, and now dances with an insulin pump tucked into her leotard and tights. Instead of letting her diagnosis hinder her, she has used it as motivation to be a better dancer than ever. Hannah and her parents, Chris and Gunther Arndt, joined Winging It’s Lauren Hall in studio to share her inspiring story of chasing her dream to become a ballerina. Watch the interview.