Wendell Wetzel

Wendell Wetzel

Wendell has been in and around the sport of gymnastics and dance for nearly 40 years.  He began his gymnastics career at age 9 at the Reynolds High School summer program.  He began his dance training at age 14 with Vicki Mills School of Dance. By the time Wendell reached high school Wendell won more than a dozen state titles including 1st place All-Around titles in his junior and senior years as well as a team title his senior year.  Wendell went on as a scholarship athlete to Brigham Young University for gymnastics where he became an All-American in several events and was also served as team captain.  Upon returning to Portland Wendell continued his education at Portland State University where refocused his efforts into all forms of dance especially ballet.  In 1989 Wendell was accepted into the Oregon Ballet School of Dance as a student and was recruited as a member of Oregon Ballet that same year.  He perfrormed for OBT for the next four years.  During this time some of his performances include: Rodeo by Agnes DeMille, Romeo & Juliet and Carmen by James Canfield, Theatre Dances, Ellington Suite and Scheherazade by Dennis Spaight, Lead role in Moor’s Pavane by Jose Limon and countless Nutcrackers.  Other professional dance include: Company We Keep (PSU Resident Company) Judy Patton, Portland Opera Association, Musical Theatre Company and Portland Civic Theatre.  Wendell has also perform in commercial work including: Bank of Hawaii and Goodwill.  Wendell also appeared In the original movie Footloose.  Recently in 2013 Wendell was inducted into the Reynolds High School Hall of Fame for his achievement in Sports… Gymnastics of course.