Pacific Dance Ensemble
Heather Bach is a senior at Pacific University. She's originally from Kalispell, Montana where she grew up performing in and choreographing musicals. Heather has attended summer dance intensives at the University of Montana, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and New York City. This is her third year choreographing for the Pacific Dance Ensemble, and she is delighted with all this program has to offer.
Jessica Bauder is a senior Dance major and Exercise Science minor at Pacific University from Beaverton, Oregon. She began dancing eleven years ago when she joined Southridge High School’s Dance and Guard Ensemble’s youth program and became a seven-year member of the Dance and Guard Ensemble. She has also been a member and soloist in the visual ensemble of the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, where she spent two summers traveling and performing all over the United States. This is Jessica's fourth year with Pacific Dance Ensemble as a performer and third year as a choreographer. She is honored to be a part of Pacific's talented and diverse program.
Brenna Calmer is a senior at Pacific University, double majoring in Dance and Mathematics. She grew up in Beaverton, Oregon training in many dance styles at Billings Dance Center, then attended high school at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy where she was a member of the pre-professional company Dance West. Brenna has attended summer intensives at the University of the Arts, Portland Festival Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project. In the summer of 2017, she attended Hubbard Street Dance's Choreographic Intensive at USC. She is very grateful for the dance opportunities Pacific has offered, such as choreographing for the Autumn Choreographers Concert and attending the American College Dance Association.
Integrator of music and movement, this will be Jesus’s fourth year in Pacific Dance Ensemble. Currently a senior, his dance training originated at Arts and Communication Magnet Academy with their pre-professional dance company Dance West. From a young age, he has been captivated with creating movement and discovering through the process and the creation. Besides choreographing, Jesus also enjoys producing music with his bass and guitar, cooking mouth-watering delicacies, and breathing in fresh air from the mountainside while jogging. He would like to thank his parents for all their support and most importantly love.
Sarah Crockett is from Everett, Washington. She has been dancing since she was three years old. Sarah has trained in Washington at Turning Pointe Dance Centre, Westlake Dance Center, and attended the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive in 2014. She is studying Exercise Science and aspires to be a chiropractic physician.
Lianda is a freshman from upcountry Maui, Hawaii. She is studying Dance and Exercise Science to pursue a career in physical therapy. She began dancing and performing with Maui Academy of Performing Arts at the age of eight and has trained with dancers such as Blake McGrath, Travis Wall, and Mia Michaels. Throughout her many years as a performer, Lianda has been involved in many productions and has been featured in classical ballet performances including Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. This is Lianda's first year with Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Sierra Paola is a junior majoring in Public Health and German, with a minor in Dance. She grew up in Canby, Oregon where she was a four-year member and senior captain of the state championship winning Canby High Dance team under coaches Jennifer Chaffee and James Healey. Sierra has danced at Arizona Dance Source, Allegro Dance Studio, Dance Vision, Northwest Dance Project, Conduit Dance, and Bodyvox. This is Sierra's third year with Pacific Dance Ensemble where she has worked with choreographers James Healey, Marlayna Locklear Jennifer Camp, and Mary Hunt.
Victoria Perez is a junior majoring in Dance, minoring in Exercise Science. Victoria is from San Antonio, Texas, where she has been training since the age of three. She has worked with over a wide variety of dancers and choreographers of various styles, training with professionals like Joe Alegadro and Hannah Brightwell, director of The Verge Dance company. Victoria is a second-year ensemble member and is thrilled to be sharing her passion of dance with the talented dancers here at Pacific University.
Leiana Petlewski is a freshman majoring in Applied Theatre and minoring in Dance and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Originally from Visalia in central California, she began dancing when she was nine years old. Leiana performed and choreographed with her high school dance team, In Motion. She has danced in and choregraphed various musicals with the Visalia Players Ice House Theatre. She is excited to gain new dance experience at Pacific.
Kylee Putnam is a senior double majoring in Education and Dance. She has been dancing since age three. She has trained at Deborah Messenger’s School of Dance, Studio One Dance Academy, and Dance Vision under Michelle Holt’s direction. At twelve she was a Junior Blazer Dancer for the Portland Trail Blazers. In addition to many dance conventions and competitions, Kylee also has attended The Collective Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Intensive, and The Edge in LA. This is Kylee's third year on Pacific's Cheer and Dance team,her third year as a choreographer, and her fourth year as a dancer with Pacific Dance Ensemble.
Krista Whiting is from Oregon City, Oregon and is a Freshman at Pacific University. She began dancing when she was four and has trained at Classical Ballet Academy since she was in Second grade. With this studio, Krista has performed in multiple products as well as competed in some competitions. While at Pacific, she is planning on pursuing a dance minor.
Autumn Choreographers Concert Dancers
Carrie Malone is a sophomore Sustainable Design major, Spanish minor. She has been dancing since the age of four at Britt Setter's Dance Studio in Bellingham, Washington. This is her second year dancing in the Autumn Choreographers Concert.