TEHACHAPI, Calif. - Ballet takes grace, dedication, talent. Madison West has all of those and more. Her reason for donning a tutu 6 years ago is the same for just about every 11 year old girl.
"Since I was a little girl I've always wanted to be a pretty ballerina," Madison said.
Humble beginnings but since then, her passion has taken a different purpose.
"It's a love hate relationship because the work is so difficult, so grueling," Tehachapi Dance Theatre director Kathy Murray explained.
"It's a freedom that nobody can buy," Madison added.
But for Madison the freedom she finds in her ballet slippers, is the freedom she also finds in dirt-biking boots.
"You go numb," Madison said from the seat of her motorized bike, "all thoughts, any problems you have at school, they just disappear."
Madison has been racing dirt-bikes in the Tehachapi mountains for two years, her dad Chris, her unofficial coach and cheerleader.
"It's highly emotional," dad said.
The proud parent of a talented teen.
"Everything she does is passionate," Chris explained, "school, ballet, motorcycle riding. She wants to be top."
"He owns a small business," Madison explained, "he makes a lot of sacrifices to get me out there racing."
Dad's sacrifice plus Madison's passion, means many hours on a bike almost as old as she is.
"Time for a new bike," Chris explained, "it eventually gets worn out."
And that means something not every 17 year old racer has, sponsors.
"I have a fund raiser going," Madison said, "some people who support me, maybe a bike shop that will sponsor me but it's nothing solid yet."
Although there may not be enough money yet for a new bike yet ?adison's passion is sure to take it all the way.
"I have always thought ballerinas were so cool but dirt-biking is in my blood," Madison added, "I want to be the best female racer I can "
If you would like to help Madison in her goal, please visit http://www.GoFundMe.com/c05h04
What kind of athlete will the next president be?
Although we knew President Barack Obama was an athletic basketball player, Bernie Sanders is also surprising many with his hoops skills.
NFL takes strong stance on violent crimes
Players convicted of violent crimes won't be allowed to attend the NFL combine or draft, according to a memo obtained by USA Today.
Why Peyton Manning keeps talking about Budweiser
Peyton Manning can't stop talking about Budweiser, but he wasn't paid for his endorsement. So why all the love for Bud? Turns out he's invested in it.
'Hot' Super Bowl ref steals America's hearts
This was Clete Blakeman's first Super Bowl as lead official but definitely not his first time in the spotlight — for better or worse.