Native New Yorker Deborah Y Wilson (Debbie) has been a Performer, Choreographer and Dance Educator for many years. Growing up in Queens, NY and starting her dance career at a young age, performing and choreographing in her local neighborhood school, Debbie went to Brooklyn College as a Dance Major and then got accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Certificate Program. From there she came to Broadway Dance Center and became a Frank Hatchett Dancer and Teacher and eventually got her own class. At 34 years of teaching at BDC she is one of the only teachers that has taught, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Heels, Musical Theater, Street Jazz, Jazz Funk, Burlesque Jazz and TV/ Video Jazz.
Recently Debbie got accepted into the Stage Director and Choreographer’s Foundation Observership Class which eventually led to her being an Apprentice Director/ Choreographer to the esteemed Jerry Mitchell for the Pretty Woman National Tour by 101 Productions. Debbie has also branched out into acting and was recently seen in the Apple TV show “Severence” where she was hand picked by Director Ben Stiller to be a Featured Scientist. She also appeared in the tv show “The Other Two” as a Principal Dancer choreographed by Kathryn Burns, as well as multiple TV shows and Films like “I Am Legend” as a Background and Stand In actor.
Some of Debbie’s choreography credits include Futurology the Musical (Off Broadway), Carnival Choreographer’s Ball (NYC), Rhapsody James’s “Sirens After Dark” (NYC) and Assistant Choreographer for Lane Napper (from Victorious) for FreckleFace Strawberry The Musical (Off Broadway & Tour). With her finger on the pulse of what’s new and hot, Deborah also choreographs for up-and-coming recording artists. Some of her work includes “Put that WoO00o in it” for Robert Taylor Jr. (from So You Think You Can Dance) and assistant choreographer for recording artist Jahiem.
Debbie’s performance credits include Sesame Street Live and The Wizard of Oz national tours, Porgy & Bess in Bregenz, Austria and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. In addition to performing and choreographing, Debbie has assumed the role of Performance Director for Sesame Street Live and Production Assistant for the musical American Prophet Frederick Douglass.In His Words at the Apollo Theater in New York City and Dancin Feet Video Series featuring Lane Napper.
Debbie’s teaching credits span both nationally and internationally for Master classes, Conventions and Workshops giving her a unique perspective on the different dance and music styles from around the world. She is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and has alsotaught at other well-renowned dance studios in New York, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Steps on Broadway, Peridance Capezio Center and Dance Theatre of Harlem.