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Jesse DeSoto
Dancer Profile
Birth Date 23 June 1976 (1976-06-23) (age 48)[1]
Hometown Greendale, Wisconsin

Partner(s) 3: Shanna Moakler (10th)

Jesse DeSoto was a professional dancer on season three of Dancing with the Stars.


Jesse DeSoto started as a dance instructor in 1999 at a Fred Astaire Dance Studio near his hometown of Greendale, Wisconsin. He discovered that his love for competition, the challenge of the dance floor, and freedom for artistic expression were a perfect match for a future in ballroom dancing! Jesse was fortunate to be paired with a gifted and naturally talented dancer, Jackie Josephs and they went professional in 2003. They were a featured couple on the 2005 PBS dance program American Ballroom Challenge. Jesse was awarded Top Competitive Male Instructor in the Fred Astaire chain in 2003 and 2004. Because of Jesse and Jackie's success in American Rhythm competition, Jesse has become well-known in the competitive dance circles, so well-known that when the producers of Dancing with the Stars were looking for an additional male instructor they found Jesse and offered him a two-year contract for the blockbuster reality show.

Dancing with the Stars 3[]

Jesse was partnered with Shanna Moakler. They placed 10th.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "Saving All My Love for You" 7 5 6 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Jump" 8 7 7 Eliminated


  • With his brother Aaron, he owns a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Long Grove, Illinois.