High School: Auburn Riverside High School (Auburn, WA)
College: Portland State University
Major or Degree: Communication
Years as a Sea Gal: 4
Dance Background: I first started my dance training at Evergreen City Ballet in Auburn, Washington. I spent eight years at this studio with rigorous focus on ballet and pointe work. At age twelve, I was accepted into The Rock Ballet School’s summer intensive program where I continued my ballet training. At this time, I was also exposed to various styles such as: jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. During high school, I spent some time with Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, Washington. I then moved to Portland, Oregon and performed for three seasons on the Portland State Dance Team. My exposure to college cheer/dance changed my life, guiding me towards pursuing a career in the NFL.
Hobbies: In terms of outdoor activities, I enjoy traveling, biking, hiking and running. I am also a fan of the kitchen and appreciate cooking, especially dinner items. I have a huge soft spot for musical theater/ballet and try to attend local performances whenever I can. I also love interior design and frequently spend my time redecorating, reorganizing and refurbishing antique furniture. I am currently trying to incorporate meditation, prayer and yoga into my weekly routine as a means to unwind from my busy schedule.
Favorite Quote: "Don’t let them tame you.” –Isadora Duncan
Best Experience: Some of the most humbling, exciting and fleeting moments I’ve had as a Sea Gal have been with show group abroad on our military tours. From visiting rehabilitation centers and hospitals, teaching dance clinics at the local schools, job shadowing at the bases and performing multiple shows with my esteemed teammates; it’s a jam-packed experience that has given me the grateful opportunity to give back to our armed forces that make so many sacrifices for our country.
How I Stay Fit: I run at least a mile every day and do a series of sprints in my weekly workouts. I also take a variety of dance classes and hot yoga. I try to eat clean incorporating a lot of protein and vegetables into my diet, but I also think it’s important to enjoy a treat every once in a while. My favorite desserts are chocolate and ice cream.
Best Part of Being a Sea Gal: The best part about being a Sea Gal is the everlasting friendships. I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many talented, smart, dedicated and professional women. I can’t wait to continue learning from this amazing program, not only growing as a dancer but also as a person.