High School: Auburn Riverside High School (Auburn, WA)
College: Portland State University
Years as a Sea Gal: 5
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 in 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. During this time, I was also exposed to various dance styles such as: jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop. In high school, I spent a few years training with Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle, Washington. I then moved to Portland, Oregon and performed for three years on the Portland State Dance Team. My exposure to college cheer/dance was awe-inspiring, guiding me towards pursuing a career in the NFL.
Hobbies: I am a habitual runner, and often use my time on the road to shed stress and regroup. I try to incorporate yoga, meditation and prayer into my weekly schedule as personal awareness and spiritual engagement is very important to me. I love the outdoors and often spend the summer months hiking, swimming and biking. 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.
Favorite Quote: “Some women fear the fire, others simply become it.”
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 a three mile loop 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, however, I also think it’s important to enjoy a treat occasionally. 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.