Presently pursuing her Master’s in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Desiree began her ballet training at the tender age of 6 in Chehalis Washington at Southwest Washington Dance Center. There she studied ballet, modern, rhythmic gymnastics, hula, and jazz for 14 years performing in yearly productions of The Nutcracker as well as Dance Festival and various jazz competitions throughout Washington state.
From corp de ballet roles, to soloist she was promoted her senior year as principal, performing many of the expected roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop, and Spanish Bull. It was here that her love and drive for ballet pushed her to audition for Anaheim Ballet’s Company where she performed with the Company as soloist in The Nutcracker, various school performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and visual medias such as Dancing in the City! at the Anaheim Grove, found on YouTube.
Apart from being a professional dancer, her drive and passion for the medical field motivated her to pursue her Bachelor’s and resulted in the completion of a BS in Physiology at Seattle Pacific University. After performing with City Opera Ballet of Bellevue, as well as contemporary companies such as The Black Floor Collective, Desiree brings a wide array of knowledge and expertise from the classical ballet realm to the latin ballroom and salsa genres.
She is blessed and forever grateful to have been under the instruction of renowned masters such as Philip Beamish, Jehrin Alexandria, Vincenzo Lapertosa, the late Kabby Mitchell, and Lawrence Rosenburg. Desiree’s love for the medical field and passion for dance drives her to make a long and lasting impact as a future physician with a specialty as a nutritionist, working specifically with ballerinas and professional athletes.