An experienced dance practitioner, Debbie has worked in a broad range of professional, education and community contexts, managing and directing projects with youth and community groups nationwide. Collaborating with artists and academics, her choreography and performance work has taken her further afield to Scotland, USA, Holland, Portugal and Malta, where she has led summer schools and undertaken choreographic commissions. After completing her training at the London Contemporary Dance School in 1982, Debbie worked as an independent dancer and free-lance teacher for many years. She performed in a number of project-based works whilst an Associate Lecturer at the Laban Centre (now Trinity Laban). Debbie has been directing and managing her own work since 1997 and was resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre for some years.
In 2006, under the auspices of her company Soma/Numa and UKFD, Debbie performed in and curated 'Body of Experience' an evening of multi-cultural solo dance works performed by mature artists which toured Nationally. Debbie is Artistic Director for D@win, the University’s student dance company, which tours to schools and colleges in Hampshire and beyond. Debbie was a Board member for Hampshire Dance (2004-2010) and since June 2012 appointed Trustee for Springs Dance Company in London.
Debbie’s area of research is concerned with exploring issues pertinent to dance and ageing in performance and notions of ‘performing the self’; her papers and performance work addressing the subject have been presented at International conferences and as articles in several Animated journal editions.