Dancer, Actress, Model, CPT
Jolina is a California Girl born and bred. From a young age, she had an appreciation for the arts and entertainment. As a kid, she religiously watched Saturday Night Live and would impersonate her favorite characters for her family. Jolina and her sister loved movie night more than anything because that would mean going to Blockbuster and renting a new release and then watching it on repeat. She devoured all forms of art because she loved how it transported her to another time in place but soon realized she wanted to be the one making that journey as the performer. When Jolina was 7, her mother enrolled her in her first ballet class. She was a painfully shy young girl and ballet showed her the door to ultimate form of self expression. Dance gave her a sense of community, connection and contribution to the world around her and she knew creating art and performing was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet and then moved to the East coast to further her training at SUNY Purchase College where she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and was the recipient of the Ballet Achievement Award. She moved to New York City where she freelanced with various dance companies but soon wanted to dip her toes into the Theatre scene. She bought a pair of Laduca heels, auditioned for The Radio City Christmas Show, starring the famous Radio City Rockettes and was offered a spot in the New York City Staple as an Ensemble Dancer.
Soon Broadway called and she was offered a spot as an Ensemble Ballet Dancer in The Phantom of the Opera. She has also been seen as Connie Wong in A Chorus Line at New York City Center and at the Metropolitan Opera in Nixon in China. One of Jolina's favorite credits was playing Nicoline in Susan Stroman's new Broadway Bound Musical, Little Dancer. Commercially she has worked with Kate Spade, Bush's Beans, Boll & Branch, BioTrue, Kayak and BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant.
Jolina also has a passion for health and fitness and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She hopes to spread her joy for movement by living a healthy and thriving lifestyle through fitness. She is a proud Filipina who loves donuts and nature. Currently Jolina resides in Astoria, Queens with her husband, Mike, and their furbaby, Roy. Her favorite hobbies plant forward cooking, eating, traveling, watching good tv and movies, reading, and going long hikes with Mike & Roy.