Mike's Open Road



“I think if you love something enough, you're gonna do something else, and it'll pull you back.”


Acting & Theatre Art


Character Hobbies & Pastimes Inspiration Passion Individualism Instincts Opportunity Talent Dedication Values Hard Work Risk Doubt Determination Perseverance


Being Creative


  • 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.

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