Dawn started dancing in 1983, and soon after that she joined Dance West, a competition dance team. After her first competition with the team in 1985, she knew she had found her calling. She formed a partnership with Barry Durand and in their first competition, won a Division 1 title. Barry and Dawn went on to win numerous additional titles before becoming one of the first couples to compete in the new UCWDC division called Masters. In 1991, they became the first ever Worlds Masters Champions at Worlds 1. Also in 1991, Dawn&Barry won U.S. Open titles dancing swing in the Showcase Division and two step in the Cabaret division. Dawn married Dean Garrish in 1998, and together they have experienced great success performing, teaching, and coaching. Dean and Dawn are also co-directors of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.