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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...