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Debbie Wilks

What groups do you teach and where?

Claremont and Brighton groups, solos and duos.

Do you still dance?

Although I’m not officially retired from the stage, I do go on stage with younger baby groups and teach full time.


How long have you been dancing for?

I have danced since the age of 4 and have been teaching since the age of 15.


When and how did you start dancing?

I trained at Hobart Dance Academy and Kinetic Dance Studio.

I taught at Glenorchy YMCA and Kinetic Dance Studio.

As a teenage dancer I was a cheerleader dancer for the Tasmanian Devils Basketball team.

I have also attended numerous dance workshops and exams.

Why do you love dancing?

I have so many great memories from my childhood dancing days and have had the privilege of running a successful dance school for 23 years.

I love teaching children and adults. I enjoy seeing the children develop into great dancers who grow up into confident adults and who make everlasting friendships.

I am proud of all our dancers. We have many students that have been with Rhythmic Dance Centre for well over 15 years.

What is your favourite memory from dancing?

There are so many. Some would be our success in the Southern Tasmanian Dancing Eisteddfod champion group section and our scholarship winners; especially winning Chicago twice, the Launceston Dancing Eisteddfod in 2001, where we won the open group Song and Dance section, our open tap group winning in our ‘tap dog’ gear and watching students perform to their best ability.


How did you start teaching dancing?

I started teaching at Collinsvale, Orford, Claremont and Brighton. Our first concert had 30 students – the next year had over 300! And we are still growing every year.