High School: Auburn Riverside High School (Auburn, WA)
College: Portland State University
Major or Degree: Communication
Years as a Sea Gal: 3
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.
Major Accomplishment: During my junior year of college I become a Sea Gal, but I wasn’t going to let that get in the way of my studies. I was on scholarship at Portland State University, which required that I take at least 12 credits a term—so I did just that. By taking online courses, traveling between states and evening writing papers at the Super Bowl, I was able to finish my education, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
Best Experience: Touring Europe in Germany, Kosovo, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK to perform for the military and support our troops! I will forever be grateful for this opportunity which allowed me to meet hundreds of courageous soldiers, teach their children dance and bring the spirit of the 12s to their temporary homes. Understanding the sacrifices they make every day was truly humbling. In addition, I had the privilege of viewing the most spectacular historical cities/cathedrals and immersing myself in vibrant new cultures.
How I Stay Fit: I run a mile every day and do a series of sprints in my weekly workouts. I also take a variety of workout/dance classes. 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 of 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.