I began dancing at the age of six under my aunt Anjalika at my grandparents’ dance school. From that age on I have always been certain that I wanted to become a dancer and nothing else. My father, with his vibrant sports background, tried very hard to get me involved in a few sports. He succeeded with my sister but not with me. My interests were always towards Drama, Singing and Dancing. I am sure it was very frustrating for him at first, but I know he is the proudest of them all about what I have achieved so far. Even as a child I remember always being called on to demonstrate movements to the senior classes and also always wanting to “fill in the blanks” at rehearsals when a production was on and someone got absent. I have grown up watching my aunts, mother, sister and cousins dance. None of us were ever forced into dancing – we were born into it. We lived and breathed it everyday of our lives, and I am not complaining. I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have been born into this family and to know that I wouldn’t have wanted my life to be any other way. As I became a member of the Dance Company I started following classes under my aunt Upeka. Since then until today she has been the pillar of strength behind me, training me and bringing out the best in me. She danced like fire on stage, lighting up the space, and she has always been the dancer that I have aspired to be like.