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Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

By Shalayne Pulia

December 4, 2014

Ginny Martinez’s hand shot up before she knew what she was doing. The slender dancer, perpetually composed, had volunteered to dance for the last audition spot for Clara in the annual Champaign-Urbana Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Mature beyond her 15 years, Martinez said it was a dream role, an...

Community members create winter wonderland escape in “The Nutcracker”

Community members create winter wonderland escape in “The Nutcracker”

By Olivia Catuara

December 5, 2013

Community members can prepare to witness battles between mice and soldiers, scenes of snow and sweets, and Clara dancing through a magical dream with her prince in the Champaign Urbana Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” this weekend. “For many people, ‘The Nutcracker’ is a holid...