Debbie's School of Dance

I have never been so shocked and surprised in my life! What an honor for Joe Tremaine to say "Tremaine Teacher of the Year" and my name in the same sentence. I started attending Tremaine Dance Conventions a long time ago and the education from the Teacher's Forum and dance choreography has helped me meet the challenge of owning my own studio. Joe has never given me a piece of advice that has not worked. He is right on in educating dance teachers in dance and business. Tremaine has contributed to the success of my 29 years in business. What a privilege and honor it has been to be named Teacher of the Year. Thank you Joe and congratulations to you and your staff on 30 years of excellence!

Debbie Carney has owned and operated Debbie’s School of Dance in Mobile, Alabama for 27 years. Her students have performed on cruise lines, in Walt Disney World, and have appeared on ESPN with Paula Abdul. Her daughter, Rebecca Carney Miller, was the 2003 Tremaine Senior Dancer of the Year, was on the cover of both Tremaine and Co Dance’s National brochures, and was a featured dancer in the Disney movie “Stuck in the Suburbs”.

Debbie’s award-winning competition team competes throughout the country and consistently receives high score honors. Her students are title winners and the recipients of dance scholarships to Tremaine Dance Conventions, Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet, and the Edge Performing Arts Center. Her students have also gone on to win the Miss University of Alabama pageant and Mobile County’s Junior Miss titles.

Debbie’s mission statement “It’s about more than dance. It’s about motivating young people to be the best they can they be!” helps her to encourage her student’s involvement in the community. Her students participate in the University of South Alabama football and basketball games, the Mobile Junior League’s Christmas Jubilee, and a local television station’s (Local 15) Spirit of Giving program. Debbie has also established a Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of a former student who lost her battle with breast cancer.

Debbie and her husband, Ronnie, have been married for 28 years and have two wonderful children, Rebecca and Christopher who are the joy of their lives.

Joe, I have learned so much from you and your wonderful staff throughout the years. You have always maintained a personal touch with all the studios and it feels like family when we attend your conventions. Thank you for this most prestigious honor. This will be a year I will never forget!