Who is Debbie Allen?
Last week we announced the headlining act for Brisbane Festival 2013. Freeze Frame is a fusion of dance, music and theatre, directed, choreographed and written by Debbie Allen.
If you're of a certain age, you'll remember Debbie Allen from her leg warmer days as feisty teacher Lydia Grant in the Fame film and TV series: "You've got big dreams? You want fame? Well, fame costs. And right here is where you start paying ... in sweat."
Before Fame, Debbie's career started on Broadway, where she received Tony Award nominations for her performances in Sweet Charity and West Side Story.
The role of dance teacher Lydia Grant catapulted her to fame, where she won two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. She went on to star in, and direct, numerous TV shows and movies, the most notable being Grey's Anatomy.
However, it's as a choreographer where Debbie shines, working with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Sammy Davis Junior, among others.
She has also established the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in South Central L.A. The academy is a haven for local kids who are often confronted with daily challenges and some of life’s harshest realities because of their volatile environment. These incredibly talented kids will share the stage and their true stories with an electric cast from Los Angeles in Freeze Frame.
“Freeze Frame is a collage of stories of how lives intersect and collide. It’s a story that’s needed right now and it’s guaranteed you will feel a wheel of emotions when you see it.” Debbie Allen
This is just the tip of the Debbie Allen iceberg. Hear more about her illustrious career in this ABC Conversations podcast.