Meet The Team



Tracy

Tracy

Major: Double major in Communication and Dramatic Arts with an emphasis in Dance.

Class of 2016

Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca

Bio:
Tracy began ballet at the age of 3, and grew up to become a dancer with South Bay Ballet. She performed in various places, and spent time training with Kansas City Ballet. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite thing about Davis is the community and nature that surrounds the campus. This is her fourth and final year on the dance team and she looks forward to bonding with her wonderful team.



Rachel

Rachel

Major: Statistics with an application in psychology/Human Development

Class of 2017

Hometown: Brentwood, Ca

Bio: 
Rachel began dancing when she was 4 years old. She decided to become a competitive dancer at the age of 9 and began competing with East County Performing Arts Center. She competed in tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, and musical theater but her favorite was always contemporary. She danced on her high school dance team for three years at Heritage high school and was also part of the Brentwood Children's Ballet theater for 11 years. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, baking, and traveling with her family. Her favorite thing about Davis is the friendly community and beautiful campus. This year she looks forward to building new friendships and performing at all of the campus events. 



Marissa

Marissa

Major: Psychology with an emphasis in Biology

Class of 2017

Hometown: Murrieta, CA

Bio:
Marissa has danced for 8 years, but began her competitive training at Just Plain Dancin' in 9th grade. She has competed in the styles of jazz, modern, and lyrical dance, along with training in ballet. Her favorite styles of dance are contemporary and jazz. In her spare time, she loves to relax in the arboretum, watch movies with friends, go to the gym, find new favorite restaurants downtown, experiment in the kitchen, do anything creative, and spend time with her loved ones. After her time at UC Davis, Marissa plans to work as a pediatric occupational therapist, and is hoping to continue volunteering at occupational therapy clinics this year. Marissa loves the homey feel of Davis. She looks forward to another year of cheering on the Aggies, especially during basketball season, attending all of the community events, and of course dance team's annual showcase!



Allie

Alli

Major: Animal Science

Class of 2018

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA

Bio:
Allie has been dancing since she was 3 years old at Jazz N Taps Dance Studio. She has competed since she was 7 years old, and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theater and lyrical. She was on her high school dance team for her Junior and Senior year. In her spare time Allie likes to watch movies, bake, and hang out with friends. Her favorite thing about Davis is the downtown area and all the fun places to eat and shop. She looks forward to basketballs season and this year’s showcase



Nikki

Nikki

Major: Biological Sciences

Class of 2018

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Bio:
Nikki has been dancing since she was 4 years old at Lana's dance studio, dancing a total of 14 years there. She joined the competition dance team at the age of 9, and spent 10 years competing. Last year she was on the UC Davis Dance Team.  She has trained in all styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip-hop. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and dancing. Her favorite thing about Davis is the fact that it is a friendly college campus. She is looking forward to the showcase this year.



Alexa

Alexa

Major: Dramatic Arts & Education Major

Class of 2018

Hometown: Temecula, CA

Bio:

Alexa has been dancing since she was three years old and she trained at Just Plain Dancin' in Southern California. She is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, modern, and ballet on pointe. She started competing at age eight and in High School she was on the Varsity Dance Team and the Varsity Pom Team, and her senior year she was made captain of both teams. In her spare time she likes to sing, act and model, as well as spend time with her friends and family, and go to the beach and Disneyland as much as she can. Alexa's favorite things about Davis are the friendly people, the cows, and having Cream so close by. This year she looks forward to getting to know the new team members and performing at all of the many sports events.

       

Marikin

Marikin
Major: Psychology with a minor in Human Physiology

Class of 2018

Hometown: Aptos, CA

Bio:
Marikin has been dancing since she was 3, but officially started dancing at Dance Synergy Studio at age 8. She has trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary and lyrical, as well as musical theater. She began competing at age 12 with Santa Cruz Dance Company. Through high school, Marikin competed with Steps Dance Studio and as a member of the Aptos High School Varsity Dance Team. Marikin also performed in many productions with the Aptos High Drama Department. When she is not dancing, Marikin loves listening to music, Netflix marathons, camping, trips to Dutch Bros., and spending time with family and friends. She also teaches Tae Kwon Do as a second degree black belt at Freedom Tae Kwon Do. Her favorite thing about Davis is the friendly people and town, and having such wonderful teammates. This year, she is looking forward to another amazing year on the team and performing at all the events throughout the year!



Ali

Ali
Major: Undeclared

Class of 2018

Hometown: Soquel, CA

Bio:

Ali has been dancing since the age of two. At age six, she started competing with No Limits Dance and Performing Arts in Santa Cruz. Through high school, she competed with Coastal Vibe Dance Company. Ali has been trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet and tap. She is interested in many styles of dance and enjoys learning Irish step dancing from her younger cousins. In her spare time, Ali loves to bake, eat, read, and knit. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, riding bikes, and playing board games. Ali loves that Davis is so aware of the environment and that the community is very bike friendly and supports such an awesome farmer's market. The egg heads are also pretty cool! Ali is excited to dance at games and learn how to use poms.

        


Tara

Tara
Major: Double Major in Anthropology and Dance

Class of 2019

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Bio:
I began dancing when I was 4 years old and competing when I was 6.  I have trained at many studios in addition to my high school dance program, APA (Academy for the Performing Arts). While in the program at APA I was nominated for and won the Orange County Register's Artist of the Year competition for Dance for 2015. In my spare time I keep up my intense relationship with Netflix, choreograph and teach dances, and spend time with my amazing family. My favorite thing about Davis is the overwhelming welcoming and friendly atmosphere not only in the town but also from the entire student body of UC Davis. The thing I look forward to the most this year is making long lasting friendships and creating some of the best memories to which I will hold on for life.



Paige

Paige
Major: English with a minor in Spanish

Class of 2019

Hometown: Westlake Village, CA

Bio:
Paige started dancing at the age of 3 and has danced competitively since she was 7 years old, training in various styles like ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop. She was a member of Westlake High School's varsity dance team for four years and won 5th place solo champion at USA Dance Nationals in 2015. For fun, Paige loves listening to music, cooking and playing with her dogs, but she also loves her job at In N Out Burger. Her favorite thing about Davis is the kindness of all of the people in the town, and she looks forward to cheering on the Aggies at sporting events and starting college in the fall.
   



Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn
Major: Undeclared

Class of 2019

Hometown: San Carlos, California

Bio:

Kaitlyn started her first ballet class at Menlo Park Academy of Dance (MPAOD) when she was 3 years old. At her studio, she was trained under the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet syllabus for 14 years. She also trained in jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet contemporary and pointe. Kaitlyn was on MPAOD's competition team for 6 years and competed with numerous group and solo pieces at various regional and national competitions. She also performed in annual recitals as well as professional companies including Dancers Repertory Theatre, directed by Colleen Duncan, for 10 years  and Menlowe Ballet, directed by Michael Lowe, for 5 seasons. Kaitlyn also joined her high schools' advanced dance program for 3 years. In this program she had the chance to choreograph dances to be performed at assemblies and annual spring shows. In her spare time she hangs out with friends and family, plays with her puppy and watches lots of Netflix. She and her family love going to the mountains and camping and boating. One of her favorite things about Davis is the college town environment and the down-to-earth people. This year she is looking forward to making lots of new friends and dancing with the dance team!

   


Amanda

Amanda
Major: Animal Science

Class of 2019

Hometown: Arroyo Grande, CA

Bio:
Amanda has been dancing for nine years at Coastal Dance and Music Academy and at Dellos Performing Arts Center. She has performed with these teams many times over the years, and has also been a preschool and kindergarten dance teacher. Her favorite styles of dance are hip hop and jazz, but she also enjoys lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and pointe. Amanda was also a member of her high school's varsity cheer team and the high school dance company for four years. Aside from dancing, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and also running and hiking.  She loves the atmosphere and academic potential at UC Davis and is excited to be able to focus on her studies while doing what she loves at the same time!
   



Erin

Erin
Major: Sociology 

Class of 2019

Hometown: Tracy, CA 

Bio:
Before dancing, Erin trained in Tae Kwon Do, jiu jitsu, and ninjutsu for 7 years, earning a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She first began dancing recreationally at the age of 14 at Triple Threat Performing Arts and continued to dance competitively at The Company and Studio One Dance Center. Erin also danced on the Tracy High Varsity Dance Team during her junior year and held the position of Captain her senior year. In her spare time, Erin likes to binge watch shows on Netflix, read books, listen to music, spend time with friends and family, and eat. Her favorite thing about Davis is the friendly environment. She looks forward to dancing at school events and exploring UC Davis's opportunities. 




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