Olivia Irene "Chachi" Gonzales was born in Houston, Texas. At the age of 6, Gonzales enrolled at a local dance studio and was trained as a ballet dancer. Three years later at a dance event she attended, Gonzales witnessed a hip hop dance crew for the first time. One of the crews there was Marvelous Motion, whose members (Phillip Chbeeb, Di Zhang and Brandon Harrell) would later become her fellow crew members in I. aM. mE. Gonzales became immediately intrigued and decided to participate in hip hop from then on. She enrolled at Lanier Middle School where hip hop was one of the dance styles taught. She was reserved at first, but after months of training Gonzales honed her skills and became more confident. Eventually, Gonzales' dance teacher, impressed with Gonzales' skill, asked her to lead the group she was being taught in. Shortly after, her mother located the Marvelous Motion Studios and enrolled her in a few classes. From then on, Gonzales continued to dance as much as possible, honing her skills.