Her legacy — noteworthy. Her enthusiasm — infectious. Her work ethic — unmatched.

However, it's Debbie Allen's commitment to developing young people that is truly her life's work. She knows first-hand how the arts can transform a life.

It transformed hers growing up in Houston, Texas, as a young girl who just wanted to dance.

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