"I've been Irish dancing since I was 6 years old. It all started one summer when I went to go see a family friend perform at a church festival. Captivated by the gracefulness and poise of the dancers as they flew effortlessly across the stage, I immediately knew that this was something that I wanted to do. I began dance lessons later that year, and continued to train and compete with my dance company until I graduated high school. Dancing quickly became a part of my daily routine and my identity. Since going away to college, I have not been able to dance as often as I would like, but I always make sure to make at least one guest appearance at a show or performance whenever I return to my hometown of Wheaton, IL."