From acting in "Fame" to executive producing "Grey's Anatomy," dance has remained the bedrock of Debbie Allen’s prolific career onstage and in television.
She wanted to pass on the lessons of dance to young people, so she created the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. This summer, she is again hosting a two-week summer intensive here in Atlanta.
Along with familial roots in Atlanta, Allen has also performed in several shows here, including “Soul Possessed” with Kenny Leon.
“Both times when I came to do a production, I would find the most amazing singers in the world, but the dance lacked,” Allen said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “I felt like this was a community that embraced what I had to offer, and I thought they needed what I had to offer.”
Allen is in town Sunday for auditions and a masterclass at Tri-Cities High School from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.