I always knew I wanted to be on stage.

Dance was my first passion.  I would dance all around the house with music or without, with an audience or without. At the age of four, my Mom asked if I wanted to take dance lessons, to which I quickly and firmly replied, “No, I’m good enough already.”  At the age of six, I realized this was not in fact the case, and began tokasdance formally study dance.

While I was focused on dance, I was always interested in singing.  My mother worked as a musician in the mid-West, and I wouldwatch her write down lyrics to popular songs and listen to her sing harmonies to the songs playing on the car radio.  When she wasn’t home, I would dress up in the outfits she had sewed to wear out to gigs, and I would sing loudly (and likely badly) to my favorite songs.  I started up voice lessons in high school, thinking they would merely supplement my dance training.  When I was in a ballet class in college in New York City, I distinctly remember doing pliés and tendues center floor and feeling jealous while listening to the musical theater people next door belting out broadway tunes.  I dropped out of the dance program and took a musical theater class where I was told, with great disgust, that I sounded “like a lounge singer.”  I then had the fortune of working with a fantastic vocal coach who himself worked as a “lounge singer,”  and roughly three years later in 2004, I started singing at various venues in the Tampa Bay Area.