Debi and Hannah - Dance Moms: Miami Cast
Considering herself a “typical New Yorker” originally from the East Coast, Debi never took a dance class herself but loves to support the arts and puts a high value on raising creative children, especially when budget cuts in schools often start with the art programs. A working business owner and mother of four, two of her daughters have been enrolled in Stars Dance Studio, with only Hannah attending now.
Debi loves the diversity of Miami and notes, “I am a New Yorker, so that says a lot!” She feels the area brings a cutting edge flare to the dance culture, including a mixture of different styles that push the envelope, constantly challenging what is acceptable and ultimately bringing the art to the next level.
Debi’s favorite style of dance to watch:
I love contemporary, as well as musical theatre. I love dance that shows a story that you can lose yourself in with the dancer performing.
What are your hobbies and interests besides dance?
I love to read. I have always been an avid reader and have passed that on to my children. I also love math, so I love to play “Texas Holdem” and figure out the odds.
What do you think your child is learning most about while competing in dance competitions around the country?
I believe Hannah learns a lot from dance competitions; time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, as well as performance skills. Hannah is a very social person and loves to interact socially, and these competitions are a great format for her to meet all different types of people, she learns from them and hopefully shares some knowledge with them as well. She also learns a lot about diversity and overcoming obstacles, as well. I think all of this helps to make her a well-rounded individual.
What have you learned most about while being involved with this dance company and traveling to the competitions?
I have learned that when someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them! They are who they are and you cannot change a person.
Favorite style of dance to perform?
Favorite style of dance to watch?
Do you hope to be a professional dancer one day?
If you don’t end up being a professional dancer, what other job would you like to have?
I would like to be a choreographer or a performer actress/singer.
What do you think you are learning about most from this experience and dancing in these competitions around the country?
That even though you are in a different place, you still have to work just as hard.
What's your favorite subject in school?
What's your favorite color?
What do you like most about living in Miami?
It’s hot all the time!