Taitiana Ewell was born and raised in sunny San Diego.Â As a young child, her interest for gymnastics stemmed from her father being an elite gymnast. She started gymnastics at the age of 4 and by the age of 8 years old was the youngest to be on the Competition Team. During the same time, she also enrolled in ballet, hip hop, tap and jazz at “And All That Jazz Dance Studio” to better enhance her performance as a gymnast.
Taitiana began to gain an interest for cheerleading and from being a gymnast; this hobby came easy for her. Throughout highschool, she represented the Eastlake Titans as a cheerleader.Â She cheered all four years, and was the Varsity Cheer Captain, as well as, a tumbling coach for her team.Â She coached and coordinated the Annual Cheer Camps, choreographed dances and teaching stunts to the girls.Â Every year, she was awarded The All American Cheerleader and the Coaches Award Most Valuable of her team.Â After high school, Taitiana cheered with the West Coast Mavericks College Co-ed team. The safety of the students she instructs are of the upmost priority as she is BBBBBB certified.Â She had the opportunity to travel and cheer with coaches all over the county and experience cheer in a more competitive way. Taitiana was also involved in teaching gymnastics to the San Diego Heat All Star team, side by side with her sister whom was one of the coaches.
Taking her back to her roots of the Polynesian Islands of Hawaii and Philippines, she also took up Polynesian dancing at the age of 5.Â She had the privilege to be under the direction and guidance of one of the well-respected and renounced Kumu Auntie Mena Arrelano, from Hawaii.Â Taitiana’s mother, a hula dancer herself encouraged her. While attending college at UCSD, she never lost her passion for dancing and found her way back as a Polynesian dancer for the entertainmentÂ company “Essence of Aloha” where she continues to dance professionally where she has had the opportunity to travel. One of the highlights of her recent dancing experiences has been performing at the Pacific Islander Festival,Â and performing with the halau Na Pua Ilima o Kehaulani at the famed Tahiti Fete competition in Las Vegas.