I attended a viewing of Debbie Allen’s inspirational video “Dream It Do It”, which she directed and choreographed. The evening was held at The Annenburg Center for Performing Arts and also the stage to performances from students of Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) and Grand Arts High School in Downtown Los Angeles. They performed various forms of dance and tap and the choir’s songs were filled the theater with pitch perfection. The video and performances took me back to her days in Fame. It gave an inside look into the vibrant and creative process of our future leaders of dance, song, poetry and painting. It was inspiring to watch kids of all nationalities come together under the roof of art and the direction of Debbie Allen. She captures the power of art and is still sending the message to our youth to Dream It Do It!!
Pepito’s Story, Brothers of the Knight, Dreams, Alex in Wonderland, Soul Possessed, Pearl, Dancing in the Wings
and Oman O Man . Her long list of directing and producing credits include television classics such as “FAME,” “Grey’s Anatomy” (where she recurs as Dr. Catherine Avery), “Scandal,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Empire,” “A Different World,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” ”Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Polly,” “That’s So Raven,” “Cool Women,” “Quantum Leap,” The Fantasia Barrino Story, and on stage, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway and London’s West End.) “Grand Arts”, the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts (downtown Los Angeles), provides a uniquely balanced educational experience that includes both rigorous pre-conservatory training in the arts and a challenging college preparatory academic program. Our arts programs include visual arts, dance, theatre, instrumental and vocal music. We offer a wide variety of master classes and arts workshops presented by industry and arts professionals, along with advanced placement (AP) and honors courses in all subjects.
*Disclosure: I was invited for the purposes of viewing and promoting Dream It Do It. All opinions expressed are my own.