Fitness Expert, CNN Fitness & Nutrition contributor, dietetic technician, athlete, model, dancer, dance instructor, nutrition coach, and Fitness Universe competitor. Desiree began her formal dance training at the age of four at Florida Ballet Arts in Sarasota, and continued through her discovery of dance teams in high school. From there she became a Dazzler and went on to dance for the University of Florida Gators dance team where she performed all over the country, including the 2000 Men’s Basketball Final Four. Following her four years at UF Desiree broke into the professional world of dance as an 'A-Town' dancer for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Desiree currently serves as an official trainer for the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders.
Desiree was privileged enough to perform at both the 2002 NBA All Star game and Celebrity All Star game. She has traveled internationally to represent the NBA in China, performing in the Guangzhou and Chengdu provinces, and has also performed at games for the Reynosa Correcaminos, the Hawks' sister team in Reynosa, Mexico. Desiree has worked with several music artists including The Sugarhill Gang, MC Hammer, Kool and the Gang, American Idol finalist Ejay Day, Bryce, Cat Chang and Pilar Montenegro.
Desiree earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Sciences with a specialization in Nutrition, from Georgia State University, and has since earned the title dietetic technician, registered (DTR).
Throughout the week, Desiree teaches a variety of exciting dance and fitness classes at Dance 101 in Atlanta. She also trains and manages her individual fitness clients throughout Atlanta, in person; and her clients throughout the country, online. She also trains as a fitness competitor, competing in shows on the Fitness Universe Pageant circuit. She is a NESTA-certified Fitness Nutrition Coach, Personal Trainer and Sport Yoga Instructor, and an AFAA-certified Group Exercise Instructor.
Through her nutrition education and dance/fitness background, Desiree hopes to educate people on the positive effects of a healthy and active lifestyle.
AFAA - Primary Group Exercise Certification
NESTA - Sports Yoga Instructor (SY)
NESTA - Fitness Nutrition Coach (FNC)
Spencer Institute - Wellness Coach
NPI - Certified Resistance Training Professional™ (RTP™)
NPI - Certified Goniometry Specialist™ (CGS™)
NPI - Certified Posture Specialist™ (CPS™)