Pauline began her undergraduate journey at US International University, School of Performing and Visual Arts, majoring in Musical Theatre, and completed her studies at St. Mary's College through L.E.A.P. (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals). She received her MFA in Directing and Choreography from Wilson College and recently debuted as co-director and choreographer in SCU's departmental production of Sister Act, the Musical. Her choreographic works and technique classes have spanned across concert dance and musical theatre at SCU, Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose Lyric Theatre, and nationally ranked dance studios including Lana's Dance Studio in Morgan Hill, CA. She has served as an adjudicator for several international companies and a performance coach for competitive and pre-professional dancers.
Pauline's love for auditioning and performing opened many doors such as teaching for United Spirit Association, dancing out at sea with Norwegian Cruise Lines, a season as an NFL cheerleader with the San Diego Charger Girls, and several seasons in Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. She has also danced in the national tours of Jolson, the Musical and Promises, Promises. Pauline performed the role of "Connie Wong" in A Chorus Line at both the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA and the Helen Hayes Theatre, New York, NY.
While in NYC, she was seen on ABC's One Life to Live and appeared in many corporate industrials, working closely with the late Tony Stevens, for companies such as State Farm Insurance, Nike, Redken, Allstate, Astra Merck Pharmaceuticals, and Kohl's department store. Pauline is no stranger to the Walt Disney World Company, having been a dancer, choreographer, and master instructor for their world-renowned program "Magic Music Days", teaching the 'business of the business' to young aspiring entertainers. She also had the amazing experience working on Disney's feature animation, Mulan.
Pauline's love for teaching and choreographing is rooted in providing an equitable experience for those committed and passionate about the art of dance, by casting students in ensemble roles within SCU's Images dance concert. Some of her favorite pieces set on the Mayer stage were "I Would Dance for You," "The Homegirl Next Door" inspired by the book "Tattoos on the Heart," and her thesis work, "HERstory of Guam," inspired by the unspoked feminism of two Chamorro women, her late mother and sister. In addition to concert dance, Pauline finds immense joy in choreographing musicals where she can tap into the "triple threats" of the theatre and dance community. Standout shows include: Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wiz, Hot Mikado, In the Heights, Pippin, Chicago, Newsies, Oklahoma!, Legally Blonde," and Something Rotten.
You can see Pauline's work in Images and in the Spring musical production of Into the Woods. Pauline is SCU's Department of Theatre and Dance Lecturer for all levels of jazz dance, tap, and musical theatre styles in addition to serving as the director for Choreographers' Gallery and Images.