Meet our 2018-19 current competition and performance team members!
— Our 2018-19 Team Members —
— Captains —
Abby Cummings is a senior at Paly and has been a member of the dance team since her freshman year. Her fondest memories on the team have been performing at the night rally during spirit week and participating in this year’s centennial march. She was introduced to dance in seventh grade and after taking classes in ballet and jazz (her favorite style!), she partook in Dance Connection’s ballet company and performing company for one year each. Outside of dance, Abby loves to hang out with her family/friends and spend time outdoors.
Iris Hart is a senior at Paly and has been on the dance team for four years. She has been dancing for fourteen years starting at Dance Connection Palo Alto. Her favorite styles of dance are lyrical, ballet, and jazz. She has participated in the competition team at Dance Connection as well as the ballet company. Iris' favorite memory from the dance team would have to be nationals 2018 as well as Disneyland with the team! Outside of dance, Iris loves hanging out with her friends, getting boba, and chilling with her cats, Mango and Bear!
— Supporting Officers —
Haley Ho is currently a junior and has participated on the Paly dance team since her freshman year. She has 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 and DECA clubs at Paly and enjoys drawing in her free time
Olivia Ramberg-Gomez is a Junior at Paly and has been a part of the dance team since her freshman year. Her favorite memories from being on the team include going to Nationals and other competitions, and performing at football games and rallies, especially during spirit week. She began dancing at the age of four, starting off with ballet and tap, and eventually taking classes in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Her favorite styles are jazz and contemporary. She was a part of the Dance Connection Ballet Company for one year and participated in their production of The Nutcracker for eight years. Outside of dance, Olivia works as a lifeguard, loves hanging out with friends and going to the beach or other outdoor locations, and skiing in the winter time.
— New & Returning Team Members —
Rowan Erickson is a freshman at Paly and it is her first year on the dance team. She has been dancing for eight years at the studio Dance Connection, and she has been on their competition team for four years. She also participated in Dance Connections ballet company for one year. Her favorite style of dances include jazz, contemporary, and sometimes ballet. Rowan’s favorite memory this year was performing during her first football game and she looks forward to doing her halftime dance at the homecoming game. Outside of dance, Rowan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and shopping.
Riley Herron is freshman here at Palo Alto High School. She has been dancing for ten years both here at Palo Alto Dance Connections 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 performing during half time at the football games and time spent with her teammates during team bonding. She looks forward to what the rest of her time on the team will bring!
Azalea Wakelee is in 10th grade and has been dancing for 12 years. This is her second year on the Paly dance team. She has mostly learned ballet, jazz, and contemporary, but enjoys performing hip hop occasionally with the team. Her favorite style of dance is jazz. Her favorite memory with the team was going to Disneyland after nationals and going on her first roller coaster.
Samantha Yamashita is currently a Freshman at Paly. For eleven years, she has danced ballet, hip hop, tap, and jazz, (her favorite style), at Dance Connection, where she also participated in their Performing and Ballet Companies. This is her first year on the Paly Dance Team, and so far, her favorite experiences include attending USA Dance Camp and performing at the first football game of the year. She can’t wait for competition season and many more fun times with the team!
Marilyn Yin is a freshman at Paly and this is her first year as a member on the dance team. So far, her favorite memory was the first football game and the May Fete parade. She first started dance when she was 6 years old and after trying most styles, her favorite style would by far be jazz and contemporary. She takes classes at Dance Connection Palo Alto, and also was a member Dance Connection Performing Company for one year. Besides dance, Marilyn enjoys hanging out with friends and family!