When Debra Bradshaw Powell was only 3-year-old her mother, a former Roxyette introduced her, her 5 sisters and only brother to the world of dance. Now a veteran stage and television performer, Debra has earned national acclaim for her many talents, not only in dance, modeling, and cheerleading, but in choreography as well.
Over the years Debra has trained at Carnegie Hall and Broadway Dance Center. As a Rockette appearing at Radio City Music Hall and with Tony Randall. Then as member of the NY Broadway Dancing Cheerleaders, she performed at Madison Square Gardens, New York Giants’ Stadium, The Meadowlands, the Waldorf Astoria, and Studio 54, where she opened for Joel Grey and Roberta Flack. In 1987, she was a featured dancer, along with Debbie Allen (of FAME) and Richard Simmons in a benefit for Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign. In addition to her dance talents and athletic abilities, Debra was first runner up in the Miss New Jersey beauty pageant, where she won the talent and swimsuit competitions. As a fashion model she has graced the covers of many well-known magazines and has been featured in many American designers' fashion shows, including Bob Mackie, Liz Claiborne, Willi Smith, and many others. Maximizing her dance and fashion skills, Macy's hired Debra to create and choreograph fashion shows at their 22 stores across the country. Debra, a natural in front of lights and camera, has appeared in numerous television commercials including Jordache, Capezio, Ford, Perkins, GNC, Pet Care and many more. Among her accomplishments, she performed for 3 years in the Night of 100 Stars on Broadway, where she shared the Shubert Minskoff stage with Gregory Hines, Hinton Battle, Regis Philbin along with many others. Over the years Debra's dance related activities have attracted widespread media attention. In nationally televised interviews she has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Midday Live with Bill Boggs, Real People, The Joe Franklin Show and Entertainment Tonight. She has also been seen on TV's Unsolved Mysteries and The Nancy Ziegameyer Story. Debra has been featured in Dance Magazine and Ballet News for Capezio. While in Memphis Debra has judged many dance competitions as well as the finals for the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent. Debra has been awarded The Dance Educator's Award from Company Dance as well as Best Dance Studio voted on by readers of the Commercial Appeal. Destined to Dance awarded Studio B the Studio of the Year Award, Best Tap instructor, Most Innovative Jazz instructor, Most Innovative Ballet instructor, and Most Innovative Hip Hop instructor.
Debra has owned Studio B for over 35 years, with 32 of them being in Germantown. She is married to Tom and has 2 sons, Price and Blake.