Desiree has loved dancing her whole life. At the age of four, she began Irish Dance. Soon after, she was competing around the country and started teaching dance in early middle school. Around 2002 Desiree switched her focus to swing dancing and began studying Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa. Desiree continues to travel to swing dance events around the country to learn and compete. She has studied extensively with the top balboa dancers in the world and has even taken some lessons with Dean Raftery, an original balboa dancer. She has placed in competitions at Emerald City Shuffle, Eastern Balboa Championship, California Balboa Classic, Southern Swing Challenge, Hawkeye Swing Festival, and All Balboa Weekend. Recently, she received first places in the amateur and open couples divisions at Music City Shuffle. Desiree especially loves balboa because of its circular momentum, close connection, and intricate footwork. In 2011 Desiree started Chicago Balboa Underground, an organization dedicated to the promotion of balboa in Chicago. Desiree has a Masters Degree in Education and can be found teaching balboa throughout Chicago.