Paula Abdul was born in June of 1962 in San Fernando, California. From an early age, Abdul took strongly to dance. She was inspired by dancing that she saw in movies, most notably in Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain. Her family noted and supported this interest, and she was enrolled in dance classes when she was very young. These lessons taught her how to dance in ballet, tap, and jazz stylings. Aside from her dance lessons, she led a fairly average life during her teen years. She attended Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, California, where she was a cheerleader. While she was in high school, she received a scholarship to attend a dance camp in Palm Springs. Upon her high school graduation, she migrated to California State University, Northridge. She studied broadcasting while she was there, but her real passion was still in dance. During her freshman year of college, she was selected to join the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleading squad. This would prove to be Paula’s first of many positive career moves.