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Becoming Clara of “The Nutcracker”

Taylor Feddersen, Ginny Martinez and Erisa Nakamura pose as their characters Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and Rose Queen, respectively, for this year's production of

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...