Upon graduating from Elmhurst Ballet School, Deborah continued her academic studies, gaining a BA Hons Communication Studies – Dance from the University of Leeds, and an MA in Dance Studies at De Montfort University and then received a scholarship to pursue her contemporary dance training at the Jose Limón Institute in New York. Deborah is a trustee/committee member for the Society for Dance Research, Tap Dance Research UK, All England Dance and the British and International Federation of Festivals.
As a dance educator Deborah has taught internationally at conservatoires in Taiwan, Slovakia, Lithuania, and America. She has taught across the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in both Dance and Musical Theatre, and as a guest teacher offering a range of styles from Contemporary to Tap. Recipient of a One Dance UK Teaching Mentorship, Deborah was mentored by Amanda Britton, and in 2019 she was a nominated finalist for the Inspirational Lecturer One Dance UK Award.
As a choreographer Deborah has presented works internationally in both educational and professional settings. Youth Dance projects have taken her work to the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival, and UDance Regional and National Platforms. Her company Ballet Folk, has a narrative focus and is embedded in folk traditions and music with recent premieres staged at Cambridge Folk Festival and Counter Pointe in New York.
Deborah is the Programme Manager of Rambert 2 at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Rambert Company.