Category Archives: Past team members: 20 Questions

20 Questions: with Cait Bohara

Meet Cait:

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1. What is your nickname?
Cait or fierce #1 or c-style

2. What is your guilty pleasure?
Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby

3. What is your favorite place on campus and why?
The southwest basketball courts in the summer when all the guy have no shirts on…and the cage obviously

4. What are your favorite tv shows?
So you think you can dance & The Office

5. Who is your favorite dancer or choreographer?
Billy Griffin and LUAM!!!! workkkk

6. Who is your celebrity crush?
Beyonceee…and Will Smith

7. What are your aspirations?
To be a back up dancer for Beyonce..then to be her best friend…then I want a really good job & a handsome perfect husband and 4 really cute kids.

8. What is your favorite dance team moment?
Welcoming…and the first time we did Christine’s band dance. haha.

9. Do you have any special talents?
Well, I’m really good at painting nails…and I’m also good at making practice really fun as well as all other dance team events.

10. How would your friends describe you?
Funny, sarcastic, fierce, loud, loving ūüôā

11.What do you love about UMass?
Dance team, all the people, the huge campus, and that I have all my classes with Caitlyn Melia, who I’m better than at Bubble Breaker..and always will be.

12.When is your birthday?
September 26th

13. Do your have any habits?
Painting my nails way too much and picking my split ends…and THUMBS which I consider a good habit, but some people don’t like it.

14. What is your major?
Psychology

15. What is your favorite style of dance?
Hip hop & contemporary

16. What are your favorite foods?
pasta, ice cream, & freeze-pops

17. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Halloween!!! Because I can wear whatever I want and no one can say anything.

18.Why do you love to dance?
Because it makes you forget about anything else going on in your life… Me and Ren usually like to have really deep convos about this

19.What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I can actually get really serious and focused. I don’t joke allll the time.

20. What is your hometown?
Norwich, CT

20 Questions: With Stephanie Marchese

Meet Stephanie:

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1. What is your nickname?
Steph, Stephie

2. What is your favorite pastime?
Reading, Shopping, Drawing

3. What is your favorite movie?
Can’t choose just one: Love Actually, August Rush, P.S. I
love You, and Je`taime Paris

4. What is your favorite tv show?
House/ Will and Grace

5. Who is your idol?
Audrey Hepburn

6. What is your favorite style of dance?
Jazz and Lyrical

7. Why do you love to dance?
I love to dance because it relieves stress and makes
me forget about the day’s stress. It is extremely relaxing but provides for a
great workout!

8. What is the name of your old studio?
Rosemary’s School of Dance

9. Who is your celebrity crush?
David Beckham and Matt Damon

10. What is your favorite book?
Recently: Eat Pray Love- All Time Fav: The Great Gatsby

11. What is your favorite place in the world?
Palermo, Sicily

12. What are your Aspirations?
To attend Suffolk Law School, Be successful, Have a
family,and Travel around the world.

13. What is your favorite dance team moment?
When I made the team.

14. How would your friends describe you?
Sweet, Enthusiastic, and Altruistic

15. What do you love about UMass?
The location, the people, the
opportunities…There is something for everyone!

16. When is your birthday?
August 7th

17. What is your major?
Political Science, Minor Psychology IR Certification

18. What is your favorite quote?
“I’m never as good as when you’re there.” -Almost Famous

19. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I can speak italian fluently. I also would like to eventually become fluent in french and spanish.

20. What is your hometown?
Totowa, NJ

20 Questions: With Jackie Bourque

Meet Jackie:

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1. What is your nickname?
Jacks

2. When is your birthday?
October 14th

3. What is your hometown?
Worcester, MA

4. What is the name of your old studio?
Chickee’s Dance World

5. What is your major?
Kinesiology

6. Who is your favorite dancer/choreographer?
Mia Michaels

7. Who is your idol?
my mum

8. What is your favorite style of dance?
lyrical

9. Why do you love to dance?
It lets me be whoever I want to be that day, plus
it’s a great way to let go of whatever you’re feeling

10. What is your favorite place on campus and why?
Pita Pit!! No explanation needed.

11. What is your favorite place in the world?
Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, and my house

12. What are your aspirations?
to be a successful physical therapist with a good home and a
big family

13. What do you love about UMass?
How many people there are!

14. How would your friends describe you?
sweet, laid back, and organized

15. Do you have any special talents?
I’m actually a really good cook!

16. What is your favorite quote?
“Love without faith is as bad as faith without love.”

17. What is your favorite food?
avocado, scallops, or anything cheesy

18. What is your favorite pastime?
camping, hiking, coloring, & reading

19. What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving…food, football & family-what could be
better?!

20. What is your favorite dance team moments?
The one with Chels & the sandwich…hahaha. And
basically any one of our bonding nights.

20 Questions: With Dominique Pagan

Meet Dominique:

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1. What is your nickname?
Dom, mo

2. What is your hometown?
Long Island, NY

3. What is your major?
Communications

4. When is your birthday?
August, 9th

5. What is your favorite pastime?
Drawing/painting

6. Who is your favorite dancer/choreographer?
Mia Michaels and Justin Giles

7. Who is your idol?
Loren Picciarelli

8. What is your old studio?
CS Dance Stylz

9. What are your aspirations?
to be a head of an advertising corporation in NYC

10. What is your favorite place in the world?
Bryant Park, NYC

11. What is your favorite dance team moment?
making the team

12. Do you have any special talents?
Drawing

13. How would your friends describe you?
creative, stubborn, and sarcastic

14. What do you love most about UMass?
That it’s close to home but just far enough

15. Do you have any habits?
yes, i always crack every bone in my body

16. What are your favorite foods?
pizza and bagels

17. What is your favorite quote?
“Life is beautiful”

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween because i get to dress up

19. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I can cut my own hair

20. What is your favorite style of dance?
modern/lyrical

20 Questions: With Christine Rozolis

She is a senior who has had amazing ideas for the team in her four years here. She is organized and on top of things, which is why she is the creator of this blog! (And side note-she did not write this blurb about herself.) Known on the team for her flexibility…

Meet Christine:
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1. When is your birthday?
May 1, 1986

2. What is your major/minor?
Communication major and Information Technology minor

3. What is the name of your old dance studio?
The Dance Academy (Holland,PA)

4. What is your favorite style of dance?
It depends on the mood I am in, but my all-time favorites are lyrical and jazz.

5. Where is your favorite place on campus?
It is hard to pick just one. My favorite place would probably be the center of campus. I love walking by the pond, library, and chapel. Also, the football stadium, Mullins Center, and Curry Hicks Cage hold a place in my heart because of all of the dance team memories from over the past four years.

6. What is your favorite color?
Turquoise

7. What is your favorite television show?
Project Runway

8. What is one of your habits?
I drink green tea almost every day.

9. Besides Nationals, what is your favorite event that we do?
UMass Basketball games

10. What is your lucky number?
4

11. What is one of your aspirations?
I want to travel all over the world.

12. What is your favorite food?
Chocolate chip cookies

13. What is something people would not know about you from looking at you?
Hmm…I played the violin for 10 years.

14. What do you love about UMass?
I love the campus and the people. The university is so big that there is never a dull moment; there is always something to do or discover.

15. How would your friends describe you?
Optimistic, proper, artistic

16. What were some of your favorite dance team moments?
There are so many! My favorite memory will always be when I found out I made the team. Another fond memory is when we got our picture taken with the 2004 Red Sox World Series trophy. Another is when UMass basketball defeated UConn in the last few seconds of the game, and the audience stormed the court. And I will never forget all of my teamates and all of our team traditions.

17. What was your favorite dance that you did with the team?
I have two. They happen to be my first and last dances on the team. One was a hip-hop dance to Ciara’s song “Goodies” and the other was our Nationals dance from this year.

18. What are your favorite hobbies/pastimes?
Swimming, scrapbooking, taking pictures, blogging, playing tennis, being active outdoors

19. What is your guilty pleasure?
Celebrity gossip

20. Where are your favorite places in the world?
London, England…Daytona, Florida…Langhorne, PA

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20 Questions: With Caitlyn Melia

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She is our Co-Captain.  She has been training under our Captain, Whitney Holovach, for almost 2 years now and she will be the new Captain once this season is over.  On the team, she is known for being a great turner and always giggling! She is a Junior and this is her second year on the team.

Meet Caitlyn:
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1. What is your nickname?
Don’t really have any

2. Where is your hometown?
Tewksbury, MA

3. What was the name of your old dance studio?
Broadway Dance Academy

4. What is your favorite style of dance?
Lyrical

5.  What was your most memorable UMass Dance Team moment?
It was probably when I fell during one of the sideline dances at a basketball game.

6.  What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I secretly like to play basketball

7.  How would your friends describe you?
Silly and laid back

8.  What is your favorite television show?
I can’t pick just one…but some of my favs are One Tree Hill and obviously Grey’s Anatomy.

9. Who is your celebrity crush?
James Lafferty

10.  Where is your favorite place on campus?
Berkshire (dining hall) because that is where I get to catch up with my best friend Kerri!

11.  What is your favorite sports team?
I’d rather play than watch

12.  What is your favorite pastime?
Napping!

13.  What are you known for?
Always talking on the phone

14.  What is your favorite event that our team does and why (after Nationals if Nationals is your first)?
The Exhibition before Nationals because that’s when my family comes to watch me dance.

15.  What are you looking forward to doing when you are captain?
I just want to do my best. Whitney has held the team together for the past 3 years and I can only hope to be as good a leader as she. ‚ô• We are sure you’ll do a great job, Caitlyn!

16.  Do you have any pets?
I have a little dog named Emerald.

17.  What is your favorite movie?
My Best Friend’s Wedding

18.  What is your favorite color?
Anyone who knows me knows my love for the color pink.

19.¬† What’s your Major/Minor?
Psychology

20.  What is your favorite season and why?
Fall, because I love the smell of burning leaves.

20 Questions: With Ashley Johnson

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What makes this member of the team unique is that she is the only dance major on the team! (And there is no dance minor at UMass by the way) We give her a lot of credit for being able to dance as much as she does every day. She is a double major in Spanish, too. She is a Sophomore, and this is her second year on the team.

Meet Ashley:
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1. What is your nickname?
Ash, Johnson, or JJ

2. Where is your hometown?
Charlton, MA

3. What was your old dance studio?
Mass Motion Dance Academy

4. What is your favorite style of dance?
Modern

5. What was your most memorable UMass Dance Team moment?
Besides the feeling that I felt when we all took our place on the finals stage last year at my first Nationals, my most memorable moment would have to be right after (auditions), finding out that I had made the team, and meeting everyone for the first time!

6. What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I am determined to become fluent in all of the romance languages.

7. How would your friends describe you?
They would say that I’m always smiling, laughing way too much at every little thing and that I’m extremely outgoing.

8. What is your favorite television show?
What I Like About You, America’s Best Dance Crew, Saved By The Bell, Boy Meets World, and Full House

9. Who is your celebrity crush?
Channing Tatum

10. Where is your favorite place on campus?
Totman 13 & 204 (the dance studios)

11. What is your favorite sports team?
Boston Red Sox baby!

12. What is your favorite pastime?
Reading and figuring out novels written in Spanish

13. What are you known for?
My friends say that I’m like their mother when their own aren’t around.

14. What is your favorite event that our team does and why (after Nationals if Nationals is your first)?
I really support that our team participates in UDance. It’s great because its a marathon geared toward dance- our talent, and at the same time we’re raising money to help sick children. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all of us in saying that doing what we love and helping people at the same time is a really rewarding feeling and experience for all of us.

15. Do have any heroes?
My parents truly are my heroes. I have learned more from them than I ever could from anyone else.

16. Do you have any pets?
Yes! Two cats, Brownie and Tink ūüôā

17. What is your favorite movie?
Superbad, Mystic River, Shawshank Redemption, and old dance recital videos.

18. Favorite color?
Cerulean blue

19. Who is your favorite dancer or choreographer?
My favorite choreographer is Eddie Taketa. He has his own company, and I have taken master classes from Eddie himself, and seen his company perform his work. His choreography is innovative and athletic. I always have so much fun taking his classes.

20. Saving the best question for last…
How do you juggle being a dance major and being on the dance team?
And d
o you have any advice for people who would be in the same position?

Being a dance major and also on the dance team is a lot of work. The most vital thing and key to doing both successfully is time management, that’s really all that it is. Some months are easier than others like when there is down time in the dance department after a show ends, or before we start to learn our nationals routine for dance team. It’s a lot of give and take. The dance team has always been very understanding and considerate of my rehearsal times for dance department shows, and vice versa, the dance faculty and student choreographers (my peers) know that I’m only one juggling both the major and the team and realize that I’m out straight most days a week and that I’m always trying to find time to fit everything in. My advice to anyone that wants to do both is that it IS possible. I came into school as a major and I have been on the dance team for the two years that I have been at UMASS, and I have rarely ever felt that it was impossible to make time for everything, including school which is most important.

My advice to anyone in the same position is to make sure that you get lots of rest because as you know, being a dancer is really taxing on the body. Drink lots of fluids and remember to stretch really well after dancing for hours a day to prevent injuries. If you ever feel stressed, it really helps to talk to the captains, or your professors about what to do, that in itself will make you feel better and there are always ways to accomodate so that everything will work out in the way that it should. ‚ô• Thanks Ash!

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20 Questions: With Katie Judge

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She is our Practice Captain.  Since we do not have a coach, she is responsible for running all of our practices.  She does everything from leading warm-ups and across-the-floor, choreographing dances, and cleaning (perfecting our dances), etc. 

 Meet Katie Judge:

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1.  What is your nickname?
Judge

2.  Where is your hometown?
Worcester

3.  When is your birthday?
September 18, 1987 

4.  How old were you when you started dancing?
3 years old

5.  What is your favorite style of dance?
Jazz and Modern

6.  What do you like most about being on the UMass Dance Team?
The team is like a second family because we’ve been through so much together.¬† Thanks girls!

7.  What awards have you won in dance?
2003 United States Dance Team, Various “Dance Masters of America” and “American Dance Awards” High Scores, and Burncoat High School Dance Team Captain

8.  What is your Major?
Marketing

9.  Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Library

10.  What was the name of your old dance studio?
Diane Kelley Dance Studios

11.¬† What’s your favorite food?¬†
Spinach and artichoke dip

12.  What is your favorite television show?
24

13.  What is your favorite movie?
Mean Girls

14.  Who is your celebrity crush?
Justin Timberlake

15.  What are some things you cannot live without?
My family, friends, dance, and my shoes.

16.  What is your favorite holiday and why?
My favorite holiday is Christmas because my entire family gets together to celebrate. Plus my mom makes the best cookies only during this time of the year.

17.  What are your other hobbies?
Hanging out with my friends, shopping, going to the gym, and reading.

18.  How would your friends describe you?
Outgoing, loud, and fun.

19.  What is your guilty pleasure?
Text Messaging

20.  What was your favorite dance team moment?
We have quite some memorable moments, but my favorite is performing on the nationals stage. It’s where all of our hard work pays off.