Debra De Voe (Ballet)
As a dynamic and passionate teacher, Debra DeVoe has taught ballet to children and adults for over 40 years. She is Cecchetti-trained with experience in Vaganova, Bournonville, and Character Ballet. She is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level Three of the ABT National Training Curriculum. With a Masters Degree from George Washington University, she has written for dance publications, including DanceView, and recently wrote an article on her former teacher, Ballet Russe dancer Yurek Lazowski. Currently DeVoe teaches an ongoing “creative ballet” class for children at Glenelg Country School, combining her knowledge of both ballet and creative dance. She is also a guest lecturer on ballet history and Yurek Lazowski at Howard Community College and Towson University. She studied ballet and pointe with Bernadine DeMike and toured with the Royale Dance Theatre and performed in Giselle, Swan Lake, Pas de Quatre (Lucile Grahn), La Fille Mal Gardee, La Boutique Fantasque, Pas de Dix from Raymonda, Red Shoes, among others. She had her own ballet school, Dance Kaleidoscope, based at Slayton House in Columbia. Many of her students have continued their careers in the performing arts and journalism. DeVoe studied ballet and character dance with Yurek Lazowski, Charles Nicoll, Michael Maule, Bill Martin-Viscount, Lillian Moore, Benjamin Harkarvy, Francoise Martinet, James Clauser, Phillip Carman, Michele Lucci, and James Payton. She has trained in Renaissance and Baroque dance with Catherine Turocy, Wendy Hilton, Chrystelle Bond, Blandine Albert, Charles Garth, Julia Sutton, Ingrid Brainard, and Elizabeth Aldrich.