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 Las Vegas, Nevada. She plans to major in Biology and minor in Dance. She has trained in dance for 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 the Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Amanda Giang is a freshman at Pacific University majoring in Biology and minoring in Dance. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has always had a passion for performing arts. She has experience in tap, jazz, musical theater, ballet, and contemporary dance. She has trained at Diamond Head Theater and Sacred Hearts Academy. She has participated in various productions and played Clara in last year’s Nutcracker at Sacred Hearts Academy. This is Amanda’s first year participating in Pacific Dance Ensemble and she is beyond excited to meet everyone and be a part of such a welcoming community.
GraceAnn Hankins is a freshman at Pacific University majoring in dance and film. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington where her passion for dance started at the age of two years old training in a wide array of dance styles at Grande Finale Dance Studio and at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics dance ensemble. She also co-founded and directs Northwest Tap Gathering for the Portland metro area. This is Grace’s first year in Pacific Dance Ensemble and she is very excited to be part of the community.
Hilary Holtrop is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in dance. She grew up in Sequim, Washington, where she trained at the Academy of Expressive Arts. Hilary was a member of the Splinter Project, a performance group that advocates bringing awareness to social issues among adolescents. Hilary was a cheerleader for her high school for all four years before joining Pacific’s dance team. This is Hilary’s first year with Pacific’s Dance Ensemble.
Megan Lem is a sophomore who is majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in dance. She is from Portland, Oregon, where she's been dancing since the age of three. At ten years old Megan became to dance competitively at different studios. Since then, she has trained training in diverse styles and performed for various studios and intensives including a member of Body and Soul Creative Dance. This is Megan’s second year dancing in Pacific Dance Ensemble and she is honored to be a part of the company and to further her dance career.
Lianda Lonergan is a senior from upcountry Maui, Hawaii studying dance, exercise science, psychology, and French in pursuit of a career in physical therapy, specializing in preventative medicine for dancers. She began her training and performing with Maui Academy of Performing Arts with an emphasis on ballet and pointe while also training in contemporary styles. Throughout her years as a performer, Lianda has been featured as a soloist in Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Lianda is excited to be spending her fourth year in Pacific Dance Ensemble alongside creative and talented dancers, studying under the guidance of Pacific’s accomplished professors.
Chika Matsumoto is a senior 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 fourth-year member of the Pacific Dance Ensemble, she is excited to continue her dance journey with her fellow dancers.
Olivia Angelina Oetker is a sophomore at Pacific studying Anthropology and Dance. Born and raised in Humboldt County, California, she has been dancing since age four with an emphasis on ballet, pointe, and contemporary dance technique at Trillium Dance Studios. Olivia has trained at various prestigious summer intensives including California Ballet School in San Diego and at Bay Pointe Ballet in San Francisco. In addition to performing classical variations, Olivia has choreographed and presented various works both at her studio and at the International Baccalaureate Dance program at her performing arts high school. She is very excited to be dancing with the ensemble again and its welcoming community.
Olivia Parent is a sophomore majoring in dance and minoring in disability studies and creative writing. She has been dancing since she was little and began training in ballet. She recently moved back to her childhood home The Pacific Northwest. Olivia trained in ballet, modern, and jazz at a local studio in New Mexico and was able to work with choreographers Ann Reinking & Dana Tai Burgess in company productions. She spent a summer dancing and studying under Mark Morris & company in New York. This experience has greatly developed her love for modern dance and hopes to continue this journey in Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Leiana Petlewski is a senior 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 the Fall of 2017. She has choreographed two pieces at Pacific so far and is looking forward to furthering her choreographic skills this year.
Abigail Schmidt is a Junior at Pacific University pursuing two Bachelors of Science in Biology and Public Health 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 third-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.