While most children are just uttering their first few words, 16 month old Dee could feel the music. When an uncle noticed her swaying to the ballads and feeling the beat of an up tempo song, he told his sister-in-law “You should get her into dance”! By 18 months she was in the dance studio. By age 2 she was competing in a state fair talent competition where a photographer suggested to her mother that she should be listed with a talent agency.
By 2 ½ she had booked her very first audition and appeared in her first of dozens to follow television commercials. Print, modeling, and the stage would soon follow, including; “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I”.
At the age of 8, Dee begged her parents to take her to New York City for an open call audition for the Broadway Musical “Annie”. She was cast from over 5,000 girls to play the role of the orphan “Molly” in the Broadway National touring production. For the next year, she toured North America visiting 70 cities and performing in over 400 shows.
Returning to her hometown in Indiana her success continued with a string of commercials and appearances. . She maintained her small town roots over the years while commuting to New York City and Los Angeles. . By age 10 she had appeared in “Prizzi’s Honor” starring Jack Nicholson. At the age of 16 she completed her debut album which included a remake of the 1969 #1 hit “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe. Dee continued performing and was honored to sing the national anthem for both the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers. She would go on to later become an NFL Professional Cheerleader. Throughout college, she worked in radio and as an on-air traffic reporter. Her career has included a variety of opportunities utilizing her many talents, including singing, dancing, and acting.
In order to focus full time on her career, in 2001 she decided to move back to New York City. The tragic events on the morning of September 11th would prohibit Dee from making it to her morning tap class and signing her new apartment lease in NYC. A short three months later, an even more personal tragedy would occur when her son was diagnosed with autism following his clear regression. Since then, she has fully dedicated her life to his care and treatment.