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2013 - Issue 7 - November

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STELLA ROY: MOTIVATING THROUGH DANCE A ballet production that came to her Bogota, Colombia, hometown inspired in a young Stella Roy the desire to someday travel the world. Her passion for dancing merengue, salsa, and cumbia grew with her, but it was her modeling career that would bring her to the United States at the age of 19. Las Vegas was what she calls a "beautiful dream," where she fell in love with the energy, ease, and quality of life, not to mention her husband, Rob. In dance, Roy has found a great social equalizer. "I love that moment when you become lost in a performance and feel yourself floating through the air and feel the passion of the story that is playing out before you," she says. "It transports all of us to a place of freedom and possibility." As a board member of Nevada Ballet Theatre, Roy found a way to combine her love of dance with a desire to serve the community. NBT's Future Dance program, for instance, benefits hundreds of young people each year by offering free in-school dance instruction and the opportunity to earn scholarships to the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre. Giving young people the chance to experience ballet is a way of building confidence they can use for life, Roy says. "Behind the scenes, it is the triumph of a perfect production and the accomplishment of individuals and the community working together to tell a beautiful story." G BACK 096-105_V_F_VegasGives_Nov13.indd 97 PHOTOGRAPHY BY SQUARE SHOOTING VEGASMAGAZINE.COM 97 10/23/13 10:58 AM

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