Founder and Artistic Director
NEW JERSEY TAP DANCE ENSEMBLE
Deborah Mitchell celebrates 22 years as Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. She is recipient of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the 2012 Living Legend Award, Flint, MI; Lifetime Achievement Flo-Bert Award, NY; The Hoofer Award, NY; The Living Treasure Award, Oklahoma City University; Savion Glover Award 2006 and she is included in publications Tap Dancing America by Constance Valis Hill, Five College professor of dance and What the Eye Hears, A History of Tap Dancing by NY Times Critic Brian Seibert.
Protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics, her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Tony-Award Winning Broadway Production of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances of Black and Blue, and 5 tours with the legendary Cab Calloway with her dance partner Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens.
With a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education, and serves as Assistant Director and Choreographer for Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players, Marie Thomas Foster, Founder and Director in Newark, NJ.