Growing up, sports were always a requirement in my family. Before I got to middle school, I had been on soccer, softball and swim teams, taken gymnastic classes, spent my summers as a junior lifeguard and more. Finally, right before middle school, I decided competitive dancing was the sport for me. For eight years on, I immersed myself in dance culture. I went to the studio every night for classes or private lessons, I counted music as it played on the radio on my way to school and constantly bought new and proper dance attire.