Aly Ulinskas was born in San Francisco and currently attends Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. This is her first year in the Jam and second year taking contemporary classes at ODC. She started training at ODC at the age of seven and was in the youth ballet program for six years. She has also trained with City Ballet for three years. She deeply values the amazing experience that is being a member of the Dance Jam and plans to continue dancing in a college of her choice next year.
2016/17 Dance Jam members
Audrey Thao Berger 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Audrey Thao Berger is a senior at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in the dance department. At SOTA she has studied contemporary, jazz, ballet, and choreography. This is her eleventh year dancing at ODC and second year as a member of the ODC Dance Jam. She has spent summers studying with ODC and Hubbard Street. Audrey hopes to continue dancing through and past college.
Eliza Loran 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Eliza Loran is currently a sophomore at Berkeley High School. Her dance training began at seven years old at Berkeley City Ballet (BCB). During her eight years at BCB, she studied and performed ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz, including many years in the annual Nutcracker ballet. Eliza is thrilled to be part of the ODC Dance Jam this year. This summer, Eliza is excited to join the NW Dance Project Summer Intensive in Portland, Oregon.
Emma Lai 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Emma Lai is 17 and a senior at Tamiscal High School. She started dancing when she was four years old at Marin ballet. Through elementary school she danced at RoCo Dance & Fitness learning different styles including jazz, modern and hip hop. For the next five years she trained at Marin Dance Theatre in ballet and contemporary, performing in their spring and summer performances as well as Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop. Emma participated in ODC's Pre-Professional Teen Lab the summer of 2015. It is now her second year in the Jam and fourth year dancing at ODC. She has enjoyed endless amounts of memories with the Jam and appreciates the amazing opportunities she has experienced while in the company.
Hiroka Nagai 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Hiroka Nagai is a Japanese American San Francisco native who currently attends Abraham Lincoln High School. This is her first year in the ODC Dance Jam and she is honored to be working with its talented members and choreographers. Hiroka's dance training began at San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy the age of five. She has attended summer intensives at ABT, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, LINES Ballet, and SFCD. Hiroka wishes to continue dancing and pursue a teaching career both in the US and Japan.
Jasmine Rivers 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Jasmine Rivers is 15 and a sophomore at the Urban School of San Francisco. This is her second year in the Jam. She’s been dancing since she was two years old at DancEsteem, and at the age of ten she began dancing at ODC. She has mainly studied ballet and contemporary, but also experimented with African, Chinese dance, and hip hop. Last summer she attended the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Intensive, and this year is looking forward to attending the Alvin Ailey Professional Division Summer Intensive in New York City. Jasmine plans to continue dancing in the Jam throughout the rest of her years in high school and further pursue dance in college.
Jessica Ruth 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Jessica Ruth, 17, is a senior at Moreau Catholic High School and this is her second year as part of the ODC Dance Jam. Jessica's passion for dance first became evident at a very early age. She has tried many styles of dance with her favorites being hip-hop, ballet, and modern. Over the years, she has trained with Ballet Petit, Young Skull Club, Moreau Catholic's dance program, and ODC. She is proud to say that ODC has been one of the most rigorous and rewarding programs she has been a part of. She hopes that she may find a similar opportunity when she attends a college next year.
Lillian Stone 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Lillian Stone is a 16 year old student at Le Lycée Français de San Francisco and a first year Jam member. She started her ballet training at Ms. Tilly’s Ballet, continuing with Pascale Leroy’s Ballet Center and now ODC. In 2011, she performed in ODC’sVelveteen Rabbit as part of the children’s cast and began studying Flamenco and Contemporary at ODC. She has continued them since and last year was a member of the ODC Hip Hop Dance Crew. She has also trained in musical theater, classical singing and was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for 5 years. Moving forward Lillian hopes to keep dance as a big part of her life wherever it takes her.
Trea Dipkin 2016/17 Dance Jam Member
Trea Dipkin is 17 years old and this is her second year in the Jam. Trea started dancing when she was eight at the Spindrift School of the Performing Arts. She joined their dance company when she was ten and studied jazz, hip hop, modern, ballet, pointe, and tap. Trea participated in ODC's Pre-Professional Teen Lab two summers ago as well as many musical theater and acting programs years before. This summer she is going to the Alvin Ailey Professional Division Summer Intensive in New York City. Trea plans to continue training in the future and wishes to keep dance a big part of her life.