Name: Desireé Sehati
Hometown: Ventura, CA
Officer Position: Secretary
Joined: Winter 2015 (Sophomore Year)
Syllabus Level: Bronze/Silver
I have always loved to dance in some form or another. I did a little bit of ballet, tap, and jazz when I was very young. Beginning at the end of elementary school, I started Irish dancing and continued that for a couple years. I was introduced to ballroom dancing when I was in the fifth grade, through a program my county has called Cotillion. I absolutely loved it! We learned many ballroom dances and other party and dining etiquette. I was in this program for four years. I enjoyed it so much that I started taking private ballroom dancing lessons.
In high school, I took a break from ballroom dancing and started doing aerial, a sport that does a lot of the types of things you see in Cirque du Solei; we would climb long silky fabrics and twist up into many beautiful poses, as well as learn skills on trapeze and other apparatuses as well. I had the time of my life! Through aerial, I learned how to become a performer and was also able to improve on basic dance skills.
When I came to Cal Poly in Fall 2014, I knew I wanted to join the Ballroom Club. However, I didn’t have the courage until my second year, when I began by attending one of their social dances. I officially joined in winter and haven’t looked back since! Upon joining the club, I was warmly welcomed by the other members. I quickly became friends with all of them and we have so much fun, even in the midst of competition.
I competed in my first competition just a few weeks after joining and have gone to others since then. Each and every competition is a different and fun experience. We always cheer for our team members and non-team members alike. Even when we don’t place in a dance, we are still very excited to be there.. Of course, we always get even more excited when we do place!
Since joining the Ballroom Club, I have never had a slow moment with the friends I have made and I am forever grateful. I cannot wait to see what will come!