I did 12 years of dance lessons. I never thought I’d be good enough to go pro, but it was a wonderful and welcome outlet through rough middle school years. I met people I’m still in contact with, more than a decade after last seeing them, and I gained a sense of my own body (which now aids me as a runner). Sometimes when I’m stressed the best thing to do is dance it out. Having this background has been invaluable to me.