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Hilborn to dance at Vanguard

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Rayana Hilborn has received a partial dance scholarship at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.

"I'm super excited to be at Vanguard," Hilborn said.

"The dance program seems like it's really a family," Hilborn said. "I'm excited to continue dance."

Jessica Van Eik was the Fallbrook High School dance instructor for Hilborn's final semester. "It's great to see her continue her passion for dance, and she'll be a great addition," Van Eik said.

"She's a well-trained dancer with great technique," Van Eik said. "She's trained in many genres."

Hilborn was a ballerina prior to joining the Fallbrook High School dance program. Fallbrook has an international baccalaureate dance program, and Hilborn was part of that.

She was also considering San Francisco State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa before choosing Vanguard. "It's a smaller community and it felt more like a home," Hilborn said.

The business marketing major Vanguard has also contributed to Hilborn's selection of the school. She is contemplating a public relations or marketing career after she completes college.

Hilborn was 8 when she began formal dance activities. The family moved from Tustin to Fallbrook when she was in eighth grade.

Prior to her Fallbrook High School years, Hilborn was involved in the CAST classical dance program and in the North County Academy of Dance. She was on Fallbrook High School's varsity dance team for all four of her high school years.

"I enjoyed working with her. She's a great person," Van Eik said. "She's a great asset to the Fallbrook community. I know she'll be a great asset to Vanguard."

Hilborn has a younger sister, who is 13. Her parents are Steven and Lauren. "I'd like to thank my parents for always being dedicated," Hilborn said.

In addition to being on Fallbrook's dance team, Hilborn was also on the Warriors' track and field team and competed in the long jump, the triple jump, the 400-meter run and the 4x400 relay. She also played club volleyball for the SoCal Volleyball Club, which is based in San Marcos.

Hilborn was on the varsity track and field team for all four years, and she considers that her favorite Fallbrook High School memory. "All four years I made really good friends and I had some good coaches," she said.

The dance team often performs at Fallbrook High School football games. The football games and going to Disneyland with the other dancers are Hilborn's favorite Fallbrook High School dance memories.


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