Meet our 2018-19 current competition and performance team members!
— Our 2018-19 Team Members —
— Captains —
Haley Ho is currently a senior and is excited to be leading the Paly Dance Team for the 2019-2020 season as Co-Captain! She has enjoyed dancing with the team since 2016 and has been a Choreography and Supporting Officer for the past two years. She has also taken dance classes since she was three years old in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. From the fourth grade up until her sophomore year, she also competed with the Dance Connection Performing Company and attended numerous dance conventions. Her favorite memory of being on the team was performing at the Spirit Week night rally for the first time. Outside of dance, Haley is also involved with the YCS-Interact club at Paly and enjoys drawing in her free time.
Olivia Ramberg-Gomez is a senior at Paly and has been a part of the dance team since her freshman year. She has been dancing for fourteen years, starting at Dance Connection, Palo Alto. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary. Her favorite dance team memories include going to Nationals in Anaheim, dancing in the Palo Alto May Fete Parade, and performing at football and basketball games and rallies, especially during Spirit Week. Outside of dance, Olivia works as a lifeguard, enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach and other outdoor locations, and skiing in the wintertime.
— Supporting Officers —
Riley Herron is a sophomore here at Palo Alto High School. She has been dancing for twelve years both here at Palo Alto Dance Connection and Metropolitan Academy of Dance in Colorado. Riley dances ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pointe and her favorite, contemporary. So far, her favorite thing about being on the Paly Dance team is time spent with her teammates during team bonding and cheering at football games. She looks forward to what the rest of her time on the team will bring!
Sam Yamashita is a sophomore at Paly and this is her second year on Paly Dance. She has been dancing for 12 years and her favorite styles are hip hop and contemporary. So far, her favorite PADT moments include driving to nationals in Anaheim and the homecoming game. She can’t wait for competition season and many more fun times with the team!
Marilyn Yin is a sophomore at Paly and this is her second year on the dance team. She has been dancing for ten years, at Dance Connection Palo Alto. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and jazz. So far, her favorite memory from the dance team is performing at football games, and going to Nationals in Anaheim with her teammates. Outside of dance she loves to hangout with friends and travel. She is really looking forward to competition season this year.
— New & Returning Team Members —
Azalea Wakelee is a junior at Paly and it is her third year on the Paly dance team. She has been dancing for since she was three and her favorite style of dance is jazz. Azalea’s favorite memory from the team was hot tubbing at nationals and hanging out with the team. She looks forward to helping out with the team and representing Paly. Outside of dance, Azalea enjoys spending time with her friends and eating food!
Rowan Erickson is a sophomore at Paly and it is her second year on the Paly dance team. She has been dancing for nine years at the studio Dance Connection and has been on their competition team for five years. Her favorite styles of dance include jazz and contemporary. Rowan’s favorite memory from last year was going to nationals, making funny memories, and supporting her teammates while they competed. This year she looks forward to performing her halftime routine at the homecoming game. Outside of dance, Rowan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, shopping, and traveling.
Isabella Otteson is a sophomore at Palo Alto High School and this is her first year on the PALY dance team. She has been dancing at Dance Connection Palo Alto for eleven years and has been on the competitive team with Dance Connection for three years. Isabella’s favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary. This summer, Isabella’s competitive team at Dance Connection competed at Nationals in Anaheim, California. She is looking forward to performing at Homecoming this year. Outside of dance, Isabella enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and learning how to drive.
Theresa Hart is a freshman at PALY and it is her first year on the team. She has been dancing for 10 years at Dance Connection Palo Alto. She has been on their Performing company for 4 years. She takes classes there and her favorite styles are jazz and ballet. She’s excited to perform at football games. Theresa enjoys spending time with friends and family outside of dance.
Anna Hagan is currently a freshman at Paly. She has been dancing for 12 years and on a competition team for 6. She currently takes classes at Dance Connection Palo Alto and her favorite classes are tap and jazz. She is super excited to be on the Paly Dance team and can’t wait to perform at football games.
Summer Sun is a junior at Paly and this is her first year on the dance team. She has been dancing for 10 years both here at Paly and at the Atlanta Dance Theatre. Her favorite style is ballet but she also enjoys contemporary, jazz, and hip hop. So far, her favorite memories have been attending USA Dance Camp and spending time with the team. She is very excited for performing at her first football game as well as competition season and is looking forward to all of the memories she will make on the team this year!
Bella Daly is a freshman at Paly and this is her first year on the dance team. She has been dancing for eight years at Dance Connection. She was on the competitive team for two years and the Ballet Company for one year. Her favorite styles of dance are jazz and contemporary, but she loves all styles of dance. Bella’s favorite memories of the team so far have been USA dance camp and all of the team bonding activities. In her free time, Bella enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, and her kittens, Rose and Miko!