Head Coach // Hannah Fischbeck
Hannah Fischbeck Has been coaching with the Desert Vista Cheer Line since 2015. She has been teaching Dance at Desert Vista High School since 2014. In addition to Dance, Fischbeck teaches Yoga and Health. She is a graduate of Arizona State University earning her BFA in Dance Education. Here, she studied Post-Modern Contemporary and Urban Dance genera. In her first year as head coach, the Varsity Cheer Line received a bid to USA Nationals for the first time in DV Cheer history. Previous to her time at DV, Fischbeck coached the Freshmen, Jr. Varsity, and JV Competition squads at McClintock High School for 5 years. Earning 1st Place at State 2013 for the Jr. Varsity Competition squad. Coach Hannah Fischbeck enjoys working with her athletes and watching them grow into strong role-models and leaders.
Assistant Coach // Renatta Palazzo
Renatta Palazzo – My name is Renatta Palazzo. I am a Desert Vista alumni from the class of 2000, Go Thunder!! I spent my four years at DV on the cheer squad, as a freshman cheerleader and then three years on varsity. It was great to be a part of the start of what now is a great cheer program. I also come from a back ground in dance. I danced from the age of three until twenty-one, at various studios, DV Dance, semi-professional and took a couple of classes while at U of A. Currently I work in social work as the Director of Quality and Compliance, helping families become stronger families and building supportive and caring foster homes. I have dreamt of coaching and/or teaching dance and cheer for quite some time now and I am excited to come back to my alma-mater and work with what I can only imagine is a great group of young ladies and coaches.
Freshman Coach // Whitney Nelson
Whitney Nelson – My name is Whitney Nelson and I am a 25 year old native to Ahwatukee and a DVHS alumni. I was a Desert Vista Dance Company dancer and cheerleader including captain my freshman and senior year for the varsity squad. I danced for 18 years at Kimberly Lewis School of Dance (now Dance Studio 111). I was Miss Arizona Teen USA 2009 and went on to compete in Miss Teen USA 2009 and Miss Utah 2010. I attended BYU in Provo, Utah and majored in Business Management. I took 18 months off of school to serve an LDS mission to Portugal and am fluent in Portuguese. I moved to New York City in June 2015 and worked at lululemon athletica in the historic meatpacking district and now work at the Scottsdale Fashion Square location. I am a certified Zumba instructor and barre instructor at tenpointe5 Chandler and a freelance hair and makeup artist. I love skiing, snowboarding, clothing design/construction, going to the lake, photography, cooking and spending time with family.