Hatteberg's People - Liberty Dancer Glora Emery

By: Larry Hatteberg Email
By: Larry Hatteberg Email

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

On Hatteberg's People, oh you've seen them. I know you have. And I'll bet you've wondered about them. Who am I talking about? People like 17-year-old Glora Emery.

Emery works at Liberty Tax at 13th and West where she dresses as the Statue of Liberty and dances up a storm for hours on end. She's a young woman with a seemingly unlimited store of energy.

"I just like dancing out there and having fun. It's a way to express yourself and have fun jumping around," said Emery.

So, who is this young woman who rivals the Energizer Bunny? Emery is a senior at Heights High School and will graduate this May. Her goal is to become a cook or a chef and she wants to attend the Kansas City Culinary Institute.

"My mom always told me to do something that I would love. This is something I could do daily which would actually bring in an income. I like to draw as well, but you're not going to be able to make decent money to live off of drawing. So I can make an income, it's fun and it is something I would enjoy learning more about 'cause I didn't always want to go to college," said Emery.

The job at Liberty Tax fits Emery's personality but she says the first time she put on the costume it was kind of weird.

"I wasn't sure how to put the hat on. I had it on, like, backwards and stuff. But I don't know, it's kind of fun," said Emery.

There are lots of smiles in Emery's life. She seems to smile all the time. She uses her positive personality and high energy level to do this job, go to school, cook at home, play an active roll in her church and hold down second job at a department store.

"It's fun, cause I'm just out there being happy," said Emery.

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