Paula grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began
taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys high
school, where she was senior class president, and head of the
cheerleaders. After graduating in 1980, Paula started college at
Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and radio. After joining the
L.A. Lakers cheerleaders, and becoming the head
cheerleader/choreographer after only a few months, she dropped out
of college to dance and choreograph full-time. She was recruited by
The Jacksons to choreograph their 1984 "Torture" video, the first
in a long list of videos and movies she would choreograph. She
branched out into singing with her first CD, "Forever Your Girl",
which had lackluster sales until the single "Straight Up" exploded
onto the charts in December 1988 and so too her popularity.
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).