Deborah began performing as a gymnast at 9 years of age. After 3 years of climbing the competition circuit, she was forced to quit gymnastics due to permanent injuries received in a serious car accident. It was not until many years later in 1994 that she found herself in a ballroom dance studio for the first time. After graduating training class, Deborah began teaching and shortly thereafter competing in ballroom and country-western; both with students and as a professional partner. Knowing that her injuries might cut short her career at any time, she put every possible hour and effort in to her dancing. As a result, Deborah and her professional partner amassed many titles and accomplishments.
In spite of a busy career teaching and competing, Deborah and her ex-partner opened “Shall We Dance” in September, 1997. The studio took off and quickly became Tucson’s premier dance school. In 2002 they purchased their central location building of over 10,000 sq ft. During this time, the busy partnership also took 1st place overall champions in the 1997 Arizona Dance Classical Division 2, champions in the 1997 Sundance Dance Festival Division 2, grand champions in the Palm Springs Dance Festival Division 1 in 1998, champions in the 1999 Sundance Dance Festival Division 1, 2000 & 2001 champions in the Paradise Country Dance Festival Division 1, 2001 champions in the Dallas Dance Festival Division 1 and the New Mexico Dance Fiesta Division 1, as well as champions in the 2001 Fresno Dance Classic Division 1. They were the Grand Champions from 2000 to 2003 in the Arizona Dance Classic Division 1 and the 2003 Las Vegas Dance Finale, Nationals, Division 1 grand champions.
In addition to these accomplishments, Deborah organized two different independent ballroom and country dance competitions including the “Cactus Classic” for 14 years. In 2011, Deborah created a second independent competition called Saguaro Ball, and ran more than 80 in-house events including spotlights and showcases.
After more than 20 years of success, “Best of Tucson” victories and many accolades, she was forced to close Shall We Dance, Inc. This change freed Deborah to return her focus to private instruction again. Deborah offers a limited schedule of private lessons to those students who’s goals and availability coincide with hers. Deborah also offers a professional instructor referral service for those ballroom students whose goals and schedule would match better with another instructor in Tucson.
Deborah most enjoys teaching couples of any age or level on weekday mornings and afternoons. Deborah has 26 years experience and is extremely skilled in all ballroom, rhythm, country and swing dances, and will be happy to create a unique program for each student/couple.