Cate hails from Findlay, Ohio, where she became involved in gymnastics at age 4. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Portuguese, Spanish and Gender Studies and also has a Masters degree in nursing from Rush University. In 2009 Cate was introduced to Latin dancing while working abroad in Spain. She began her salsa training in Sevilla in 2009 and continued dancing upon moving to Chicago.
Cate placed first place in the 2012 Battleground Competition and third in the 2012 Willowbrook Ballroom Competition. She has performed internationally, including San Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto,and more, though her favorite shows by far continue to be those for Chicago Public School students! She is delighted to have taught and choreographed for Senn High School's youth dance program and is looking forward to future community projects through IDC.