Oct 08, 2012 05:20AM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
A decade ago, after more than 12 years away to pursue her education and a career in dance, Debi Worth found herself once again in El Dorado Hills.
“I was born and raised in El Dorado County,” Worth says. “I was coming home.” Although she’d been a successful professional dancer – touring all over the world with Miss United States pageants – a torn ligament in her back caused Worth to focus her energies on teaching. She is now a tenured professor at Folsom Lake College and the owner of El Dorado Dance Academy, a thriving business which has grown from humble beginnings to one with 25 employees teaching a wide range of dance styles.
For Worth, the most rewarding aspect of her work is the ability to share her love of dance with the community. Her dance troupes perform at events and benefits throughout the region and the world, and every year in August, the studio hosts a Dance Jubilee day with free dance classes open to the public. More than anything, however, Worth tries to always live by her motto, “Integrity in Dance and Life,” which can mean anything from keeping kids dressed age-appropriately to getting them involved in local charity events. “I love touching the lives of young people and inspiring them,” Worth says. “Dance enriches their lives, makes them part of something bigger than just themselves.”
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