From Chicago, Illinois comes Mariel, whose parents divorced when she was younger. Aspiring to be a performer at a young age, Mariel has been encouraged and supported by her father from the beginning, despite the family lacking financial resources. Her paternal grandmother had been battling cancer when she decided to give Mariel the money she originally saved for her cancer treatments. Mariel's grandmother thought that she was at the end of life, while Mariel is just at the beginning and thus should use the money to enter the Pop Academy in California. Mariel is currently in Hollywood living with her brother and training at the Hollywood Pop Academy where she focuses on hip hop dancing.
A driven young woman, Mariel is inspired by the sacrifice her grandmother made for her dreams. Because of this, she is determined to succeed, despite being quite shy. A team player, she always gets along with everyone and strives to help out others when she can. A pleasant person with a nurturing touch, she also has a competitive streak which helps her attain her goals.
Mariel is also a spiritual person who sees her talents as a gift and blessing. She is quite intimidated at the fact that it may be more difficult to break into the industry due to her Asian/Pacific Islander descent, but she admits to being a well-rounded performer.
Mariel is one of 14 contestants in ABC's Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, where she joins team Carrie Ann.
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