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Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

Encinitas girl lands dream 'Nutcracker' role

As a toddler, Gabrielle Fish became mesmerized by a San Francisco Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," particularly by the whimsical main character, Clara. Now, at 11, the dancer at Encinitas Ballet Academy is getting the chance to play the role Dec. 16.

Gabrielle, who has been dancing since she was 4, considers playing Clara a dream come true. In the past, she has danced the roles of characters like a little mouse, angel, bonbon, party kid, little snow, a wilted flower, soldier, big snow and ballerina doll.

"The practicing has been really fun, and it's already felt so magical," she said. "When I found out, I actually started crying. It felt like...