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A Step Above: A Step Above – Alison Machabee

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Class of 2014

Alison Machabee is fierce – in the best sense of the word. Driven and highly motivated, yet simultaneously poetic and humble, this classically trained dance student at Las Vegas Academy has a passion for her craft that is second to none. An avid believer in the strength of commitment, perseverance and individuality, Alison excels in all she aspires to while continually remaining mindful of her ability to influence those around her in a positive way. Already a powerhouse in her element, and a recognized face of benevolence in her community, Alison’s fire to create art and beauty in the world is inspiring and puts her – A Step Above.

G.P.A. 4.8

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  • Completed four full-year elective studies in classical ballet technique, modern dance, jazz and choreography, 2010-present
  • Member of The Dance Zone Troupe Ambassador team (pre-professional), 2009-present
  • Tara Foy Elite Ballet Intensives, 2010-present
  • Senior Choreographer

Awards/Community Service

  • Graduating Summa Cum Laude (Straight As), 2010-present
  • Clark County School District Solo and Ensemble Festival Scholarship Recipient, 2013
  • After-School All-Stars of Greater Las Vegas, 2012-Present
  • Memorial Scholarship Recipient from Tara Foy’s Elite Ballet Intensives, 2011
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, 2011- present
  • National Honor Society, 2011-present
  • Habitat for Humanity Club, 2011-present
  • Dance Tutoring, 2010-present

What makes Alison Successful: “
I never give up – it takes time management, organization, drive, passion, and dedication to achieve goals, and I feel that I possess these qualities.  I am blessed to have people in my life who push me to reach my goals – a supportive family, challenging teachers, and friends who share my passion for dance.”

A Point of Pride: “I am most proud of reaching the Elements II level in the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts dance program.  It is an honor to have achieved this level, and I’m proud of the hard work and dedication it took to get there.  I am looking forward to a year filled with artistry, expression, challenges, and the opportunity to dance with respected and talented peers.”

Spreading the Joy of Dance: “I would like to be a part of an organization that brings dance training to underprivileged students.  I believe the life lessons that dance has taught me – perseverance, commitment, artistry, passion, and self-awareness – can be so beneficial in helping to overcome life’s challenges.”

Quote to Live By: “There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it! It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
Martha Graham

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