Other local dancers in this year’s production of the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker are (from left) Sophia Melton, Julianna Feracota, Lucy Niermann and Ella Niermann.

Sophia, daughter of Carol and John Melton of Oak Park, is a fourth grader at Washington Irving Elementary School. Julianna Feracota, daughter of Patricia and Gary Peracota of River Forest, is an eighth grader at Roosevelt Middle School. Lucy and Ella Niermann are the daughters of Felicia and Andrew Niermann of Oak Park. Lucy is a sixth grader at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest. Ella is a fourth grader at Grace Lutheran.


BOB NICK/Joffrey Ballet

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