Year: Junior
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, SC

Hayden has been dancing for 17 years in many genres including ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, and tap. She had the pleasure of training for 15 years at Hilton Head Dance School under the instruction of ABT’s Karena Brock-Carlyle. At Cornell, Hayden is dancing under the direction of Byron Suber in the Performing and Media Arts School. Hayden has performed many lead roles including Arabian and the Grand Pas in “The Nutcracker”, Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and the Lead Frug in Fosse’s “Rich Man’s Frug”. Hayden has also taught ballet to younger students at HHDS. She has had the pleasure of taking master classes with Martha Graham’s dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Pilobolus. Hayden is currently in the College of Arts and Sciences. In the limited hours where she is not studying or dancing, Hayden can often be found spending too many BRBs at one of the coffee shops on campus or napping in her dorm. Hayden is so thankful for the opportunity to join a new dance family at Cornell and can’t wait for the coming years!!




Year: Senior

Major: Cellular and Molecular Biological Sciences 

Hometown: Vernon, NJ

Ana has danced for 16 years total, 11 of those years being competitive. She is trained in almost every style of dance including lyrical, modern, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, pointe, hip-hop and tango. Pretty much has tried everything except for tap (bad ankles lol). She has danced at Ziegler Dance Studio her entire life and has made really strong connections there, with her dance director, Renee Ziegler, being one of her most influential role models. She's competed everywhere from the Meadowlands Center in New Jersey, to cape may, even on the Broadway stage for Disney! Some of her favorites dance memories include winning On-Stage America nationals four years in a row with her senior production line, and performing at Starpower International dance competition and coming in third against some of the best dancing from all around the world. Her favorite piece is her senior year lyrical solo, which was done in memory of a late boyfriend. She is super grateful that Rise has given her a chance to relive the glory days of dance. She loves bonding with all the girls at rehearsals and can't wait to see where this year takes her!

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Bedford, NH

This will be Hannah's fourth year on Rise and she is super excited for the year to come. Hannah began her dance training with Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater until the age of 16 when she began training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She has trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, and jazz. Hannah has participated in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet summer intensive twice, as well as the Ballet Austin summer intensive. At Cornell, she is training under Byron Suber and Nic Ceynowa as well as performing in both of their pieces for PMA's Locally Grown Dance Festival. Other than dancing, Hannah likes to watch Netflix, do work in Zeus, and eat CTB!

Year: Senior
Major: Design and Environmental Analysis
Hometown: Lexington, MA

Hadar is a senior on Rise and is very excited to be apart of the incredible Rise family. Hadar has been dancing for 19 years in genres including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and contemporary. Hadar trained at The Dance Inn with the pre-professional Legacy Dance Company under the instruction of Thelma Goldberg and Maria La Rossa. With the Legacy Dance Company Hadar has performed at many notable events in Boston, MA such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk as well as the Jose Matteo Dance For World Community festival. She has also had the opportunity to travel for dance including multiple trips to perform in Disney World and was a teacher’s assistant at The Dance Inn for five years. At Cornell, she is a part of multiple clubs including The Big Red Ambassadors and On Tap Dance Troupe. Hadar could not be more grateful to Rise for being so welcoming and making her time at Cornell amazing.



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Public Relations Chair

Year: Senior

Major: Design & Environmental Analysis

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Maddy is so excited for her fourth year with Rise! She has been dancing for seventeen years, six of which were spent at Armstrong School of Dance here in Ithaca. There, she trained in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, contemporary, and ballet, and also taught as an assistant teacher for three years; she'll be returning to teach her own classes this year! While on the studio’s competitive team, Maddy attended numerous competitions and conventions across New York State and qualified for awards and scholarships with both group and individual dances. In 2016, she had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Spirit of America Productions, and has also attended a summer intensive with the Radio City Rockettes. Here at Cornell, she’s currently dancing under the direction of Nic Ceynowa and Byron Suber through the PMA department. When she's not in the design or dance studio, she's probably baking, watching Netflix, or finding pets to hang out with!

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Show Coordinator

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Stonington, CT

Kat has been dancing for 17 years, training in ballet, contemporary, and jazz. She danced with the Junior Company of Mystic Ballet in Mystic, Connecticut starting at age 10 and performed with their professional company in shows such as the Nutcracker and the Little Mermaid while receiving her dance training. Kat also danced and choreographed in the Arts Department at The Williams School in New London, Connecticut and is very grateful to be able to continue these traditions throughout college while on Rise. At Cornell, Kat is pursuing a dance minor, and when she is outside of the studio, you can find her exploring Ithaca and spending time with family and friends. Kat could not be more excited to go into her second year on Rise and help plan her first in-person show at Cornell!



Social Chair

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology & Society

Hometown: Westchester, NY

Sia has been dancing for about 14 years and was a dance teacher for 4 years. She attended and taught at Rising Stars Dance Studio, now known as All That Jazz Dance Studio, where she learned ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. With her studio, she was also a competition dancer for 8 years. One of her favorite activities was performing with the Jets cheerleaders for cheer and dance night at Citifield. For high school, she attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, where she focused on ballet and modern for 4 years. During her time at this school, she performed at the Metropolitan Opera House with American Ballet Theatre. Now, however, when she's not dancing or doing schoolwork, she loves venturing in New York City and trying out new cuisines. :)




Year: Sophomore

Major: Hotel Administration

Hometown: Kentfield, CA

Charlotte is very excited to be a sophomore on Rise! She started her dance training when she was 2 years old, the majority of which has been with Marin Ballet. During her time at Marin Ballet, Charlotte performed every year in Julia Adam's Nutcracker, including the roles of Arabian and Chinese Soloist. She also had the opportunity to perform in two of Balanchine’s ballets, set by Sandra Jennings: Diamonds and Serenade. In 2018 and 2019, Charlotte had the experience of performing and taking master classes at The Ballet Alliance Festival in Spokane, Washington. In addition, she was also a member of the Marin Academy Dance Company where she choreographed and performed multiple pieces.

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Year: 1st Year Masters Student

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Hometown: Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Grace began dancing at age four, and has been dancing for over 16 years. She has had the pleasure of training at Lynn’s Dance Connection, Beyond Dance at Bergen PAC, and most recently Coupé Theatre Studio in Nanuet, NY. Over the years, she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. Grace was previously a member of Eboard as Vice President and Co-President, and is so grateful for the opportunities Rise has given her to continue dancing after high school over the last few years. Grace is also a member of On Tap Dance Troupe, and loves getting involved in the dance community as much as possible. When she’s not dancing, you can find Grace studying in Bard Lounge, listening to music, or re-watching Glee with her roommates!




Year: Sophomore
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Centreville, VA

Savannah has been dancing since age 3 and received her training from Centreville Dance Academy in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theatre, and pointe. She was also a member of their dance company, Centreville Dance Theatre, for 9 years as well as a member of her high school's varsity dance team. Savannah is excited to be part of the Rise family for her second year! She is also a member of the Cornell Dance Team and teaches ballet to disadvantaged children here in Ithaca through the Ballet&Books program.

Year: Senior

Major: Communications

Hometown: Woodbridge, CT

Maya started dancing when she was three years old and has never stopped! Her favorite style is tap, but she has also trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and even kickline. She was a member of the Academy of Dance of Woodbridge’s competition year for seven years, placing in both regional and national competitions. On-campus, she is a member of TAMID and CSAB. When not doing schoolwork or dancing, she loves to hang out with friends, build puzzles, and travel, but most likely will be napping. Maya is so excited to have a great year with Rise!


Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Madison is so excited for her third year on Rise! She spent fifteen years at Spins Dance Studio and also performed on her high school’s dance team. Between the two groups, she has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater. In addition to Rise, Madison is a member of the Cornell Elderly Partnership and the Mediocre Melodies. She has also participated in several intramural sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer, and bowling.



Year: Senior

Major: Government, minors in Environmental Science & Sustainability and Social Inequality

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Eva is a sophomore in Arts & Sciences and has been dancing since she was five years old. During high school, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and more at the Armstrong School of Dance here in Ithaca. At competitions and conventions, she qualified for several scholarships and awards, and danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2016. On campus, she is also on the dance teams Breakfree and On Tap.



Year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial and Labor Relations

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Kayla is so excited for her second year on Rise! She trained in all styles of dance growing up and danced competitively for 8 years before coming to Cornell. She also had the opportunity to be a backup dancer for The Voice on Tour, which was one of her most exciting dance experiences! In addition to being on Rise, Kayla is also a member of the Cornell Dance Team.

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Year: Junior

Major: Hotel Administration

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Triff is a sophomore in the hotel school and is so excited for her second year with Rise. She has been dancing for 16 years, starting with ballet classes at Ardell Stone School of Dance in Roanoke, VA at the age of 3. She spent five years on Ardell Stone's competitive dance team, competing in styles ranging from contemporary to hip hop. She is loving her first two years at Cornell and is so glad Rise is a part of it!



Year: Sophomore
Major: Physics
Hometown: New York, NY

Annika only began dancing about 7 years ago, but spent the first several years of dance career at Ballet Hispanico, a school and company on the upper west side of Manhattan, where she studied primarily ballet, modern, and flamenco. Being at a school that emphasized training all of their students in flamenco/Spanish dance really influenced my entire outlook as a dancer, just because of how complex and steeped in history (and beautiful) it is. Some of her favorite places to perform were the Apollo Theater, the United Palace, the Hispanic Day Parade in New York City, and on Good Day New York. By her last few years at Ballet Hispanico she was also assistant teaching classes and interning in the company's wardrobe department. Annika is so happy to have been able to join Rise last year, as it was the one way she got to keep dancing through this pandemic, and also got to meet so many wonderful people! She's excited (and nervous) to choreograph this year, and other than dancing she enjoys going for long walks around Ithaca, biking, stargazing, and studying languages.



Year: Junior

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine


Nina is a junior in CALS and has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She started by taking jazz classes, but then joined a ballet class mid-year in fifth grade. The very next year, she got her first pair of pointe shoes and has been in love with ballet ever since. She danced with the Maine State Ballet (MSB) where she eventually worked her way up to the company. Throughout her many years of dance, she has also taken many classes in tap and modern. She has also worked on choreographing lyrical and contemporary pieces in the past few years. With MSB, Nina was taught Balanchine technique and even had the wonderful privilege to perform Balanchine choreography, including “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” in The Nutcracker. She has also performed in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Le Corsaire, and Cinderella. Outside of dance, Nina is a part of Kappa Delta and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She is so excited to be able to dance with such amazing people on Rise for the rest of her college career!




Year: Sophomore

Major: Human Development

Hometown: Greenwich, CT

Claire is a sophomore on Rise and is so excited to be part of the Rise family! Claire began her dance training in her hometown under Rose Moye and continued training at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. Claire has trained in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip hop with a large focus on jazz. She was also the Captain of the Riverdale Country School Dance Team in 2019 and 2020, where she co-choreographed all of their pieces. Claire is looking forward to working with all of the amazing dancers on Rise!



Year: Freshman
Major: Communications
Hometown: Vero Beach, FL

Cristina is more than thrilled to be joining the Rise family! She has been dancing for the past 12 years in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and musical theatre. Although she rotates between identifying herself as "dancer first" and "strong mover,” Cristina has had her fair share of stage-time through her local theater, performing in over 50 children's productions and two professional musicals. She also enjoys choreographing and has won awards at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA for "Excellence in Student Choreography and Direction" and "Excellence in Dance." Additionally, Cristina is involved in other on-campus groups, including Hearsay A Cappella, the Melodramatics Theatre Company, Anything Goes, Ballet & Books, BRAM, CSAB, and Slope Media. She is constantly inspired by those around her, especially when she sees the insane talent within this dance group - and she is more than aware that her stretching routine should be put into practice more than once a month... Much love to Rise!! <3



Year: Freshman

Major: Biology and Society

Hometown: New York, NY


Sophie has been dancing for the past 15 years, 10 of which have been spent competing. She loves to perform in all styles, with her favorites being contemporary, ballet, and jazz. Growing up, she trained at Studio Jacked Dance Company and Coupé Theatre Studio, both of which are located in Nanuet, NY. She spent most of my summers at ballet summer intensives, including the Joffrey Ballet School and the American Academy of Ballet. Participating in Rise, she hopes to continue her passion for dance throughout her college years and connect with other students who share her interests! When she's not dancing, Sophie can probably be found sipping on an oat milk iced latte or working out at the gym. She can’t wait for the next few years on Rise!



Year: Freshman
Major: Environment and Sustainability

Hometown: Rye, NH

Anna Rose has been dancing for 15 years, training in ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, and lyrical. She trained with the Portsmouth School of Ballet School until high school when she began training at Phillips Exeter Academy. With the Phillips Exeter Dance Program, Anna Rose was lucky enough to participate with intensives with the Giordano Dance Company and the American Dance Festival. She has worked with numerous choreographers including Gregory Dolbashian of the DASH Ensemble. Additionally, Anna Rose was a dance captain for the Phillips Exeter Dance company numerous times and a frequent choreographer. Throughout her four years of high school, she choreographed seven pieces for the dance company and another six for various dance clubs in ballet and contemporary styles. At Cornell, she is studying ballet and modern under Byron Suber and Miles Yeung-Tieu respectively. She is currently apart of a modern choreography project directed by Miles Yeung-Tieu called Mapping the Moving Body for PMA's Locally Grown Dance Festival. Anna Rose is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow as a member of the Rise family!



Year: Freshman

Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Ithaca, NY


Badyn is a freshman in CALS and before coming to Cornell and joining Rise, she danced for 14 years at Armstrong School of Dance right here in Ithaca. There, she took classes in many styles including jazz, tap, ballet, and contemporary. She was on the competition team for five years during which she attended many competitions across New York State, and in 2019 she danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! When Badyn is not dancing, she is most likely baking, hanging out outside, playing percussion, or watching TV.



Year: Freshman
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Newark, NJ

This is Lissette's first year on Rise, and she is so excited to be dancing with the group! She's been dancing for 13 years and trained in many styles including lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet, and acro. She participated in both regional and national competitions with her dance team. In her free time, she also loves playing the piano, baking, and doing anything outdoorsy!



Year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial and Labor Relations

Hometown: East Meadow, NY


Leilani has been dancing for about 17 years, with 6 of those years spent dancing competitively. She trained in almost every genre, with her favorite being contemporary. She wouldn’t be the dancer she is today without the amazing staff at Alexa’s Dance Academy in East Meadow, NY! As a transfer, she also spent her freshman year on the Binghamton University Dance Team. She is super excited to keep dancing at Cornell with Rise and can’t wait for all the memories to come!



Year: Sophomore

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: New Orleans, LA



Year: Freshman

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Ft Lauderdale, FL

Megan is a freshman in the college of engineering with a passion for all styles of dance. She began dancing at the age of 2 and started competing at age 6. She trained and competed in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater and tap with her studio in Cooper City, Florida. As a soloist, Megan won several competitions, titles and scholarships. She transitioned from student to teacher, instructing both younger dancers and the most advanced Tap students at her studio. She performed in Massachusetts as a member of American Tap Company and in Florida as part of the South Florida Youth Tap Ensemble. Most recently she was a remote member of Speaking in Taps, under the direction of Aaron Tolson. She is so excited to be a part of the Rise family!



Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: New Orleans, LA




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