Anaheim Hills native and winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” season 15
Hannahlei Cabanilla performed Dec. 2 at Segerstrom Hall and talks about her experience in theater in Orange County.
“I’ve gone to Orange County Performing Arts Academy since I was 2. I also danced in high school, and I started at UC Irvine last year as a dance major. Dance is my life!
“During the show, my parents put posters of me in every business in town. When I came home, I was shocked people recognized me.
“My parents texted me every morning saying they were so proud of me. When they’d see me, they wouldn’t know what to say; they’d just cry.
“I met (my boyfriend) on the show. We were in the same group for auditions. I thought he was really cute, so I went up and talked to him.
“I grew up going to Segerstrom Center. The last time I was there, I watched ‘Hamilton,’ and now I’m going to be on the same stage for the tour. It’s crazy!”