Since 1978, Debbie has been the owner and director of The Dance Factory, Inc., one of West Atlanta’s top dance studios. Leading the area with her tap and jazz, Debbie has been voted top choreographer by Kids Artistic Review, ShowBiz, Premier 2000, Star Power, Star Systems, Dance USA, ShowStoppers, NexStar, Footloose and That’s Entertainment. Debbie began her own dance studies at the age of three studying in all genres of dance.
Studying extensively under tap greats Al Gilbert, Phil Black, Tommy Sutton, Sharon Baird, Lynda Gache and Henry LeTang, Debbie fell deeply in love with the art of tap. Debbie appeared on national television with Sid and Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufnstuf and on CBS shows “You’re Looking Good”, “Hee Haw” and “You Can Be a Star.”
She has appeared with such notables as Tony Orlando and Dawn – Sammy Davis, Jr. – Peggy Fleming – Donny and Marie Osmond –the Harlem Globe Trotters and stars of “Dallas,” Jim Davis and Linda Grey. Debbie danced and toured with the Georgia Peaches,was an Atlanta Falcon Cheerleader for four years and served as the team captain for three. In 1995 she was voted South East Director of the Year for “Who’s Who in Dance”. Debbie has actively judged and competed in all of the major dance competitions. Debbie has focused and emphasized her work in tap, ballet, jazz, and lyrical, winning consecutive tap and jazz choreography awards for the past twenty-three years.
The Dance Factory won the Federation of Dance Competitions top studio of the year in 2007. Her dancers have taken the honors of Grand Champions at Kids Artistic Revue Dance Competition consistently since 2003. Her soloists have been recognized with multiple high point awards in all dance genres. Debbie is sought after for tap workshops and choreography throughout the country and has produced many winners in Florida and Kentucky.
Debbie’s philosophy is that, “It’s about so much more than dance.” Stressing the importance of teamwork, community service, and being a nice person first.