"I had a terrible audition. Ms. Mitchell called my house--I was 12 or 13--but asked if she could speak to me, instead of my parents. She said, 'Listen, I don't think you're ready for this company yet, but I see something really great in you, and I want to have you in a couple of years. But I need you to go study with my friend, Karen Callaway Williams.' I started taking her class a couple of times a week. And then I got into the New Jersey Tap Ensemble two years later."