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Debra Mercer

Visiting Instructor

Debra has been teaching and performing in Colorado for over thirty years. She has a B.A. with honors in Dance from York University in Toronto, Ontario and an A.A. from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She has been a principal dancer with the Jackson Ballet, Colorado Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, and other local companies around the state. She has been teaching all levels of ballet at Colorado College since 1990 and has taught two intensive block courses setting the 2nd Act of “Swan Lake” and “Paquita” on her advanced students. In addition to her teaching at CC, she is the Ballet Mistress and a company member of the Ormao Contemporary Dance Company here in Colorado Springs. She also teaches at the Boulder Ballet School, Denver School of the Arts, and Littleton Dance Academy. Debra is fortunate to have studied with some of the best teachers in the world, including Antony Tudor, Enrique Martinez, Milenko Banovic, James Clouser, Marjorie Tallchief, and George Skibine to name a few. She has studied from master teachers in the Bournonville, Vagonova, Cecchetti, and Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus’. She travels every summer to Taos, New Mexico to study the Balanchine technique and repertory with Jillana, a former principal with the New York City Ballet.