Mini-Sessions - Dance With Me - Preschool/PKK (Ballet)
Debbie grew up in Sandy Utah. She began dance at the age of three and was trained in a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Debbie was a member of Alta High School's Drill Team, where her passion and love of dance grew exponentially.
During her college years she attended school and worked full time as a Program Director at TKJ (a company that provides residential service for people with disabilities). Debbie graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She then worked for the State of Utah as a Support Coordinator for The Division of Services for People with Disabilities. During these years she received extra training on behavior management and creating appropriate supports to facilitate inclusion. She credits her 10 years of working with adults and children with disabilities as truly life changing. The relationships she made during this time opened her mind and heart to understanding others and all different abilities. She continues to volunteer, support and advocate for people in her community.
Later Debbie took a break from her career to devote her time and energy to raising her beautiful daughters. She loves being a mom and feels like she has learned so much about unconditional love and patience. Debbie returned to the dance world when she was offered a teaching position at her daughter's dance studio. Due to her natural talent for connecting with young children and love of dance, she immediately excelled at teaching dance.
Debbie has been teaching at UDA for 6 years. She loves getting to know her dancers and seeing their progress throughout the year. She wrote the curriculum for our UDA Princess Ballet, Once Upon a Time and The Nutcracker Mini Sessions. She loves using her creativity and a fun theme to inspire a love of dance. She strives to teach in a way that engages imagination and attention to technique and body awareness. She says “I feel so privileged to have a job that is so enjoyable and personally fulfilling, it doesn’t feel like work! I’m so grateful to all of the UDA parents who have allowed me this incredible opportunity.”