Why did you begin the serious study of dance? What age were you when you began this serious study?

Dancers interviewed often comment on the fact that they were moved to study dance for some reason themselves and that this was/was not a parental decision; i.e., they saw a ballet, or a specific dancer dance, they accompanied a sibling to class, it was an accident, they were part of an afterschool, academic, or other program which exposed them to dance at a mature age, and that the goal to become a dancer was set, as if by magic. Dancers often are 'bitten' and nothing else matters temporarily, but assuming those answering this question are dancers, they have one thing in common-they did not give up. Please try to summarize or encapsulate this memorable moment or experience which served as your initial impetus for the serious commencement of ballet (dance) classes, with the distinct (though possibly private) object of becoming a professional ballet (or other) dancer. Please also state the age at which you very seriously began to undertake the study of ballet or dance? Please state the specific genre which you first began to study seriously. If this changed so that two forms were seriously pursued place a \between the two with the ealiest one listed first\and the ending or resulting one after the \. [This would not be a beginning or introductory level class-this would be at least at the level of beginning pointe for ballet, or with other forms when choreography/performance, other schools or specific 'schools' were beginning to be relevant, and other sophisticated elements were introduced. Maturity is implied in making this decision unless your parents were recognized dancers themselves. This would not include any other type of recreational, beggining level, or movement class, but a program or many-year pursuit, such as a leveled program would be implied with at least one-half of it accomplished, usually by age 13-14. I am interested in the date you 'took hold' and a fire was lit under you which caused you to set aside all other pursuits, and to make sacrifices, in order to continue to learn ballet, and to grow, seek a greater body of knowledge, to seek to become a better dancer. I am not interested in when you were a toddler and you 'knew' you wanted to be a dancer. Dance involves committment, pain, and grooming. I am interested in when you were first aware of the possibilities and somewhat aware, at least, of the negatives.