Mike's Open Road
I think if you love something enough, you're gonna do something else, and it'll pull you back.
- He was always interested in dancing-saw a character on TV show 90210 dancing at his prom, thought, "Oh, male dancing can be cool, too."
- In high school, his sister, who knew about his interest in dance, took him to a dance talent show.
- The host offered $100 dollars to the best dancer in the crowd; Mike decided to step up and dance in public for the first time.
- He didn't win-he was actually beat by viral star David Elsewhere-but seeing that level of talent inspired him to work harder.
- When he went to college at UC Irvine, he joined a dance crew called Kaba Modern and found his community.
- They submitted a tape to America's Best Dance Crew and were invited to come compete on the show.
- Joining the show meant they'd have to take a quarter off of school, but the team knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- Kaba Modern didn't win the competition, but they've found great success after the show, including international tours.