Debbie Wilson has over 50 years of professional Performing Arts experience. She began her dance career at the age of 12 as an apprentice with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, and within a few years, became a soloist and one of the company’s rehearsal assistants. Moving from the ballet world, she worked for The American Dance Machine (a Broadway archival company) touring the USA and Japan as the company’s dance captain. In 1980 she moved to Canada to become the rehearsal director/dancer of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, touring Canada, the USA, Europe, South America and Africa. Debbie went on to work with Howard Richard & Dancers (Montreal), the Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Company (Vancouver), the Randy Glynn Dance Project (Toronto), Ballet Jörgen (Toronto), as well as many independent choreographers across Canada.
As a choreographer, she has created a repertoire of critically acclaimed productions including Aphrodite Unveiled, Raphael is whispering, and Homo Office Sapiensis, which in 2002 received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Choreography. Through her international collaborative works like Planetarium (with Macedonia) and Diary of an Exile (with Trinidad and Tobago) she has introduced exceptional foreign artists in dance, music, and art to Toronto while representing Toronto and Canada on the world stage. In October 2005, Wilson was honoured to be invited to present Planetarium at the United Nations' Assembly Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, as one of the events celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Since 2009, Debbie has returned to two of her passions; mentoring female dance artists who have been developing their own unique choreographic voices (including Lua Shayenne, Roshanak Jaberi, Victoria Mata Soledad, Esie Mensah and Natasha Powell) and exploring ways to make alignment based techniques more accessible to a wider range of physical bodies.