Introducing Allison Garcia, Principal Dancer with the Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Allison has been dancing since she was 2 years old and has performed in our all favourite ballets. She has participated in the New York International Ballet Competition, Boston International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition, National Ballet Festivals and International Ballet Festivals in Chicago, Colombia, Mexico and Panama. Allison’s principal roles include: Aureole, Diana and Acteon, Grand Pas de Quatre, Flames of Paris, Gulnare, Paquita, Raymonda, Lilac Fairy, Odette, Odile, Manon and others.

As a dancer and Wonderful Member, we asked Allison to share her passions and advice for other aspiring dancers. “My favourite role to dance is Diane from Diana and Acteon”, a ballet created by Vaganova and Cesare Pugni, explained Allison.

Dancing is a passion, a devotion, a dedication to perfection that is challenging both physically and emtionally. We asked Allison about her challenges, “the hardest role is Swan Lake’s Odette/Odile”, shared Allison.

All dancers have their favourites dancers and Allison told us that her favourite dancer is Michele Jimenez, a Classical/Modern dancer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic currently a Principal Dancer with Het National Ballet in the Netherlands and formerly of The Washington Ballet.

We asked Allison to share her advice to aspiring ballet dancers, “if you want to be a ballerina, first you have to love it, be very disciplined and work hard, always accept corrections and advice from your teachers, try to improve every day and enjoy it.”

Allison’s awards and highlights include:

• Full Scholarship Joffrey Ballet School for Summer 2012
• Full Scholarship Performing in Chicago International Workshop, August 2011
• Top Overall Winner at Starlink Dance Challenge, April 2011
• Nominated as a “Classical Dancer”, Casandra Awards 2011
• Dancer of the Week of Dancing Supplies Depot, April 2010
• Dance Magazine Viewer’s Choice Award, October 2009

Allison is a talented dancer and one to watch, competing in World Ballet competitions, performing on stage and a Wonderful Member.

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