Pacific Dance Ensemble
Jaya Ananda is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Dance. She grew up in Santa Cruz, California, where she found her love of dance at age 6, studying ballet, acrobatics, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. She won student of the year at her first dance studio in Santa Cruz at age 9. Throughout her training she has worked with teachers such as Duncan Cooper, Layla Amis, Vicki Berglund, Tracey Durbin, and company members of NW Dance Project. She attended two summer intensives with Modas Dance on a partial scholarship, as well as a month long intensive at NW Dance Project. This is Jaya’s second year with Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Makenzie Denman is from Etna, California and is a first year student majoring in Chemistry and minoring in dance. She trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap and performed in many shows with her studio, as well as being a part of the competitive team.
Maya Fowler is a first year student hailing from from Las Vegas, Nevada. She plans to major in Biology and minor in Dance. She has trained in dance fo 16 years and a majority of that time was spent at Innovation Dance Company. She has had the privilege of working with Talia Favia, Chad McCall, and Aaron Turner. She was on her high school dance team as well as her studio. With her training primarily in ballet, jazz, and lyrical she hopes to expand that through her first year in Pacific dance ensemble.
Emma Jenkins is a freshman at Pacific studying Biology, Dance and French. She started dancing at thirteen at Echo School of Dance in Boise, Idaho. She initially started with ballet but eventually began practicing contemporary, jazz and hip hop. She was on her high school’s varsity dance team for three years while continuing studio dance. She’s excited to stay involved with dance in college and to experience the art in new and challenging ways.
Kaylee Kimura is a Senior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Kaylee grew up in Wailuku,Maui where she danced with Maui Academy of Performing Arts since the age of three. During her many years there, she participated in annual dance concerts including featured roles in Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. This is her fourth year with with Pacific Dance Ensemble and she is excited to be dancing and performing alongside these amazing dancers one last time.
Megan Lem is a freshman who is majoring in education and dance. She is from Portland, Oregon, where she started her dance career at the age of 10. Since then, she has been in many performances through various studios and intensives, been a member of Body and Soul Creative Dance, and this is her first year dancing in ensemble. She believes in spreading happiness and staying true to who you are.
Lianda Lonergan is a junior from upcountry Maui, Hawaii studying Dance and Exercise Science. She began dancing and performing with Maui Academy of Performing Arts at the age of eight and has studied with many talented teachers and choreographers. Throughout her many years as a performer, Lianda has been involved in many productions and has been a featured soloist in classical ballet performances including Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. This is Lianda’s third year as a company member in Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Chika Matsumoto is a junior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Dance and Japanese. She has danced with Queen Emma Ballet in Honolulu, Hawaii for thirteen years, under the direction of Eve Walstrum, Minou Lallemand and Suzanne Rowland. Chika was also an ensemble member in the original Ohana Arts musical, “Peace On Your Wings” where she had the opportunity to perform across the state of Hawaii and in Los Angeles, California. As a third year member of Pacific Dance Ensemble, she is excited to continue her dance journey with her fellow dancers.
Olivia Angelina Oetker, from Humbold County, Californa is a first year student studying Anthropology and Dance. Since age four, Olivia has trained with an emphasis in ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance technique at Trillium Dance Studios. She has participated in various summer intensives including California Ballet School and Bay Pointe Ballet. She has been featured in all four pointe solos in the original production of Twas the Night Before Christmas as well as the classical variations of Esmeralda and Bluebird. She is very excited join PDE this year.
Leiana Petlewski is a junior who is majoring in Applied Theatre and Dance. She is from Visalia, California, where she began her dance training at the age of nine. Since then, she has choreographed a handful of musicals for the Visalia Players, been a member of the In Motion dance team, and danced with the Pacific Dance Ensemble since Fall of 2017. She truly believes in the power and beauty of art to change the world.
Abigail Schmidt is a Sophomore at Pacific University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Dance. Abby has been dancing since age three and has been blessed with the opportunity to learn, teach, and choreograph all ages over her dance career. Abby’s training is founded mainly in ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap at Studio One Dance in Bailey, Colorado under the direction of Diane DeMarco. As a second year ensemble member, Abigail is excited to be continuing her career with Pacific Dance Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Camp with some of the most wonderful and talented dancers.
Delaney Sharp is a junior majoring in Political Science. She grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon and trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary at New Vision Dance studio. She began dancing when she was three and has loved every minute of it. This is Delaney’s second year with Pacific’s Dance Ensemble.
Abby Weinman is a first year is a theater major and a film studies minor. Abby is from Portland, Oregon and has danced since she was 13. She trained at both Laurelhurst Dance Studio and Northwest Dance Project. This is her first year of PDE.