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Larke C. Johnson

Larke, a Chicago native, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 10 months old. Her diagnosis did not hinder her desire to be a ballerina. She began taking ballet lessons through an adaptive program with Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly RIC) at age 5. In 2016, she secured a role in Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker. After that production, she began to take private lessons at Joffrey and continues to perform with the company. In the summer of 2019, she served as a student volunteer in a class for young dancers with autism. In addition to ballet, Larke enjoys horseback riding, swimming, and running.