"Who knows where a dream might lead? One wish may be all you need." - From The Golden Mickeys, performed on the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder.
Parker Blakely is a native of Pendleton, Oregon and has been dancing since the age of 10. He started dancing with Jr. Jam and continued with Esprit and four of those years being part of Pendleton High School’s Rhythmic Mode. On Rhythmic Mode, he held the co-captain and captain position during his junior and senior year of high school and was awarded the “All-State Team” as well as the dance scholarship. At Thunderbird Dance Camp in 2011-2012, he was awarded the all-star team. In 2012 he received Mr. Thunderbird. In May of 2017, he will be graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. He is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates, a Los Angeles-based agency, and is planning on pursuing a professional dance career following graduation. Parker is currently employed by Disney as a parade performer at Disneyland, while being quite active on the Chapman University campus as a four-year member of the Chapman University Dance Team.
Codi has been a dancer since 6 years old. With a ballet instructor as a mother, there was no doubt dance would be an influence in her life. She competed, performed, and traveled with Jr. Jam and Esprit teams for most of her childhood. As a high school student, Codi continued performing/teaching with Esprit and also joined Rhythmic Mode Dance Team. She held the positions of junior captain, co-captain, and head captain. During her time with Rhythmic Mode, the team won four state championship titles; one of which broke a state record. Codi was also selected as a member of the 2012 All-State Dance Team. In the summers, she attended Thunderbird Dance Camp as a camper, then selected to be an assistant after graduating from high school. She graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula, MT with a major in exercise science pre-professional and a minor in dance. During college, Codi performed in various showcases through UM’s theatre & dance department and local dance companies. She found a love for musicals through performances such as, Footloose and A Chorus Line. Although Codi’s passion lies in performance, teaching also holds a place in her heart. She volunteers and teaches dance class at various non-profit performing arts programs for children in Missoula. Codi currently works at Alpine Physical Therapy as the clinic’s Head Physical Therapy Aide and applying to physical therapy doctorate programs around the country. She has been interning with a local professional company, Bare Bait Dance Co., during the past year and was recently selected as a full company member for BBD’s upcoming season.
From a young age, Hannah found that music and dance is what fueled her passion for life. Since the age of three, Hannah had committed and surrendered herself to the many dynamics and lessons dance and being a part of a team naturally creates. This led her to join both Jr. Jam and the Esprit Club teams. In addition to Jr. Jam and Esprit, she went on to join the Pendleton high school dance team. Debbie Kishpaugh, and many other amazing instructors, helped shape her growing passion to eventually reveal her ability to be a team leader. She became a team captain her senior year in 2014, when Debbie and the team had decided to embark on a new form of dance and expression, called “Show”. To end her dance team career, the team had placed 4th in state in the 5A/6A Show division in 2014, and she was personally awarded both “Senior Dancer of the Year”, and “Leader of the Year”, by her teammates. Hannah was able to achieve multiple personal dance awards, such as “Showmanship” and “Drill Down” medals, along with winning numerous State Championships and National competitions with her team over her 15 years of dancing.
Where is Hannah Today? She is currently obtaining a Human Development and Family Sciences Degree in Public Health at Oregon State University. She continues to find her passion for life and people through sport, as she has recently joined the OSU Women’s Rowing team. She had never rowed prior to joining the team, but with intense determination and her already learned abilities of being a teammate, she was victorious in her first year being involved on the team. She quickly adapted to the needs of the sport and was able to work her way into the varsity boat (1V), which holds eight total rowers and a coxswain that were recruited from around the globe. Hannah not only earned her spot in the boat, but also received a Varsity Letter as an athlete at OSU, and a scholarship. She received “Newcomer of the Year” by her teammates, and was nominated by the Pac 12 Conference for “Newcomer of the Year” as well. She plans to continue Rowing for her senior year at OSU as she obtains her degree, and eventually hopes to work in the field of health.
What is Hannah’s secret to success? From a young age Debbie, and other influential people in her life, instilled great qualities within her, such as responsibility, respect, and perseverance. Once she joined the high school dance team Debbie had introduced the “Pyramid of Success” founded by Coach John Wooden, which obtained these qualities and more. The pyramid allows for a visual lesson of what it takes to be successful in every aspect of life. She continues to live by this pyramid as she strives for the up hill climb to Competitive Greatness, considering every dynamic of the pyramid and actively portraying these qualities in her every day life.