As a dancer, I began being surrounded by hip-hop music much more frequently as I aged. The first song I remember hearing that introduced me to hip-hop music was 1, 2 step by Ciara and Missy Elliot. Yes, its old school hip-hop don't laugh at me, but I remember vividly the moment that my dance teacher turned it on in my dance studio and told us that we would be performing to this unfamiliar music. I was so foreign to the rhythm and beat of hip-hop because I was raised dancing to ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical music. Not only was the music strange, but the movements of dancing to it were too. I was not used to the style of dance and felt completely awkward and felt as though I stood out like a sore thumb in my dance class. Although it was new to me, I loved how the songs beat allowed me to instantly feel as though I could feel the tempo and begin to dance to it. I felt like a complete outsider to hip-hop music and culture when I first had heard it, because I was not used to it and had never heard it before. I was used to hearing either the music I usually danced to or the pop music I enjoyed listening to on the radio.