Carmen Electra was born in Sharonville, Ohio near Cincinnati to Harry Patrick, a guitarist and entertainer, and his wife Patricia (d. 1998), a singer.The youngest of six children (four brothers and one sister, plus her),Electra attended Ann Weigel Elementary School and studied dance under Gloria J. Simpson at Dance Artists studio in Western Hills until age nine, when she enrolled in the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), a magnet arts school in the Cincinnati Public School District. There, she was an older classmate of Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared in a production of Peter Pan.Electra, who told People Magazine in 1997 that she'd "wanted to dance on Broadway," graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville in 1990, having transferred there from SCPA two years prior.