I am a competitive gymnast-turned-dancer, an athlete since age 7. I first performed on stage when I was 13 and quickly grew to love it. I performed with the New Mexico Ballet Company for three years, trained with the Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, and received an education at the University of Houston's dance minor program before moving back to Portland. I've also pursued writing for most of my life, having self-published two books for young adult audiences. I continue to write and dance today, hard at work on my next book -- a collection of short stories -- and dancing with Polaris Dance Theatre.