Hoover High School, Class of 2018
UC Riverside, Class of 2022
Story by Ani Amirkhanian
Dancing has always been a part of Aitana Fear’s life.
“I’ve been dancing my entire life,” Fear said, adding that she took her first dance steps at the age of three.
The recent Hoover High School graduate always found ways to incorporate her own dance – mainly jazz and hip-hop — choreography in most of her school activities.
She served three years on the Hoover Associated Student Body (ASB) and organized the school’s pep rallies opening up with a dance number she choreographed. The spring and winter rallies and the homecoming rally her junior year were her undertaking. For the spring rally, she incorporated the pep team, which included about 60 dancers.
“My main goal in ASB was that I was in charge of our rallies,” Fear said. “I was in charge of the homecoming rally, sports rallies, and, this past spring, I opened up the spring rally with a ‘High School Musical’ theme.”
She served as Hoover dance captain for two years. During her senior year, the Hoover dance team placed third in the USA Nationals after competing with 26 teams.
Outside of school, Fear danced and still dances at Pacific Studio for Dance in Glendale. She is also a member of EDGE Performing Arts Center, where she auditioned her senior year and made it on their team.
Fear credits her love of dance to her mother, who is also a dancer and teacher at her dance studio.
“From the moment Aitana joined the team, she has always been someone who had passion for dance,” Bridget Bacon, Hoover varsity dance coach, said. “Her leadership is something that I always admired.”
In addition to dancing at Hoover, Fear co-founded Heart & Sole, a nonprofit group of about 15 dancers who perform at retirement homes in Glendale.
As much time as Fear spent honing her dance skills in high school, she never lost sight of her academics. She took 10 AP classes throughout her four years and graduated with a 3.8 GPA.
“Everything that I joined in high school was something I enjoyed,” she said, adding that she hopes to get into the teaching profession to work with children.
“Without these opportunities at Hoover, there’s no way I’d be who I am now,” Fear said. “From an outside perspective, ASB and dance could just seem like typical high school extracurricular activities, which they are, but if you really seize the opportunity to take part of them and enjoy them to their full potential, you can exit high school a better, more realized version of yourself.”
Fear started school at UC Riverside this fall and is majoring in sociology. She auditioned and was accepted on the UCR dance team. She hopes to minor in dance.